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A Public Health Approach to Stopping Child Sexual Abuse
Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D.
Placing immigrant children in congregate care increases their risk for child sexual abuse. We must make every effort to reunite children with their families.
Children who experience sexual abuse are at increased risk for mental and physical problems across their lifetimes, and costs quickly add up.
While reporting child sexual abuse as soon as it happens is an important step in preventing others from being harmed, why can't we also work to prevent it?
What we've learned from observing the sex abuse crisis at USA Gymnastics, is that we must not wait for hundreds of victims to come forward before we take action.
A major Australian state is struggling to overcome a perceived surge of African youth gang violence.
Can "open secrets" of sexual abuse exist in the #MeToo movement?
Why a preventative approach to child sexual abuse is the only way to end victimization.
Subjecting children to a lifetime label of “sex offender” causes predictable and serious harm.
Does registering children as sex offenders reduce juvenile sex offending?
How can organizations that serve children prevent child sexual abuse? Researchers at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse have plenty of suggestions.
What if we stopped treating child sexual abuse as solely a criminal justice problem and instead treated it as the preventable public health problem that it is?
Did you know that there are individuals all over the world who are living with, but not acting on, a sexual attraction to children?Prevention programs are key to preventing abuse.
Tried-and-true public health strategies help us better understand how child sexual abuse is experienced in our society and allows us to create effective prevention programs.
A public health approach can prevent children from experiencing this 100 percent avoidable harm.
Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D., is the inaugural director at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.