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    7 steps to help protect children

    Step 1: Learn the facts and understand the risks.

    Realities — not trust — should influence decisions regarding children

    Step 2: Minimize opportunity.

    If one-adult/one-child situations are eliminated or reduced, the risk of sexual abuse will be dramatically lower.

    Step 3: Talk about it.

    Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.

    Step 4: Stay alert.

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    Do not expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused. Signs are often there, but they must be ­recognized.

    Step 5: Make a plan.

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    Learn where to go, whom to call, and how to react.

    Step 6: Act on suspicions.

    The future well-being of a child is at stake.

    Step 7: Get involved.

    Volunteer, teach others, and financially support organizations that fight the tragedy of child sexual abuse.

    SOURCE: Stewards of Children Interactive Workbook