Eradicating child sexual abuse will take all of us. Brigid Collins is leading the charge.
Prevention Initiative Endorsers:
As adults, we are responsible for keeping all children safe, yet as we have learned from so many public child sexual abuse scandals, many organizations and individuals are at a loss for how they can protect children within in their care. In 2011, Brigid Collins began a three-year, privately funded Prevention Initiative to change community norms to ones that protect children. Our goals:
- Create a new standard of practice by partnering with 225 organization to create Adult Child Youth Safety Policies. Utilizing organization-wide policies allows organizations to create a culture that protects children by reducing one-to-one adult-child interactions, establishing codes of conducts and establishes a clear procedure for intervening and reporting violations.
- Work closely with local businesses, government officials and community leaders to obtain endorsements and buy-in for the Prevention Initiative. Endorsements provide leverage and leadership, signaling to the community as a whole that we will not tolerate a community that fails to protect children.
- Train 6,000 individuals by January 1, 2016 as Stewards of Children. This training, developed by Darkness to Light, is shown to change attitudes, increase knowledge and protect children.