As a community, we each have a role in protecting
the innocence of our children
 

 

As a Parent or Guardian:

  • Establish the context of your relationship with your child
    by reinforcing that your job as a parent is to love and protect them
  • Download a copy of our SCARS Adult Empowerment Guide and
    share the information with the children & teens in your life.
  • Look for additional parenting aides on what you should teach
    your children about child sexual abuse [click here]
  • Invite SCARS to make a SAFE presentation [click here]
    to the PTA at your child’s school
  • Before enrolling your child in any activity, ask some
    questions [click here]
  • If you suspect your child is being abused then ask questions [click here]
  • Protect your child from sexual predators on the Internet [click here]

 

As a Caretaker of Children
(Educators, Arts/Sports Coaches, Camp Counselors, Church/Youth Group Leaders):

  • Help with our awareness initiative called SAFE [click here]
    by inviting SCARS to your place of employment/organization to
    learn about child sexual abuse and the preventive actions you can take
  • Become trained and certified in the ‘Stewards of Children’ training program
    on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse [click here]
  • Implement and/or strengthen your child sexual abuse policies and procedures
    within your organization
  • Send a strong message that “protecting children from sexual abuse” is one of your
    organization’s mandates
  • If you suspect sexual abuse or have been informed about a sexual abuse situation,
    do the right thing and report it to Child & Family Services or the Police [click here]

 

As a Politician:

  • Advocate for stronger policies and procedures in organizations entrusted with
    the care of children
  • Learn the devastating long-term affects of child sexual abuse and advocate
    legislative change that best protects our children.  Nothing will change when
    those who hold power do nothing

 

As an Attorney:

  • Child Sexual Abuse can be prevented by communication, education and personal
    involvement – contact us to schedule a SCARS ‘Prevent Now’ presentation
    demonstrating the magnitude of child sexual abuse
  • Contact us to attend a ‘Stewards of Children’ training workshop
  • Advocate for legislative change that best protects our children

 

As a Policeman:

  • Become trained in the ‘Stewards of Children’ Training [click here]
  • Invite SCARS to make a ‘Prevent Now’ presentation [click here] to your department,
    which will demonstrate the magnitude of child sexual abuse and how it affects
    our community
  • Advocate for the maintenance of a registered sex offender list
  • Advocate for legislative change that best protect our children

 

As an Insurer:

  • Establish cost effective insurance coverage to counsel victims needing
    professional help, as recovery is expensive
  • Make a donation to SCARS; become an advocate providing awareness,
    training and access to healing resources [click here]
  • Offer your meeting room facilities for SCARS training and awareness presentations

 

As a Health Care Provider:

  • Child Sexual Abuse can be prevented by communication, education
    and personal involvement – contact us to schedule a SCARS
    ‘Prevent Now’ presentation demonstrating the magnitude of child
    sexual abuse
  • Consider the long-term effects of child sexual abuse on bodies, not just
    minds.  For example, some children cut themselves because they’ve been
    sexually abused.  If you have an adult patient/client who has unexplained
    physical pain, insomnia, or chronic constipation, consider asking if he or
    she was physically or sexually violated as a child

 

As a Journalist:

  • Learn as much as you can about child sexual abuse by attending one of our
    training workshops
  • Be sensitive to the victims and act as the catalyst that helps free men and
    women from their secrets and shame
  • Push for policies that will institute prevention and discuss how we can make sure it doesn’t happen again!

 

As a Good Corporate Citizen:

 

As a Corporation or a Foundation:

  • Consider donating to SCARS [click here]
  • Offer your meeting facilities to SCARS for our ‘Prevent Now’ presentations
    and our ‘Stewards of Children’ training workshops

 

As a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse:

  • Reveal your secret and the truth will set you free
  • Seek psychological counselling, spiritual counselling or some other form of therapy [click here]
  • Consider taking self-defense classes to regain your power
  • The transition from a victim to a survivor is a journey; don’t give up!