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.
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.
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