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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.

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

Step 4: Stay alert.

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.

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SOURCE: Stewards of Children Interactive Workbook

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