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Mass. task force offers road map for preventing child sexual abuse

In her Oct. 16 op-ed “A role for adults in fighting child sexual abuse,” Aly Raisman is 100 percent correct that “child sexual abuse isn’t a kid problem, it’s an adult problem.” That’s why the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse created a road map for significantly improving youth-serving organizations’ ability to keep kids safe. The 269-page report is full of important information, including on hiring and screening, codes of conduct, safe-environment policies, training staff, and implementation of policies and procedures, to ensure that those who work in these organizations are fully aware and actively involved in preventing child sexual abuse.

We applaud Raisman for her courage and commitment to seeing that this never happens to another child. Her #FlipTheSwitch campaign helps educate about the need to have policies and procedures in place, and our task force’s report contains specifics to fill that need. It is now up to organizations across the state to implement these recommendations.

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Suzin Bartley

Executive director

The Children’s Trust

Boston

The writer is cochair of the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.