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Our Silence Enables Child Molesters

Welcome to TAALK where we're breaking the silence
that surrounds childhood sexual abuse.

As you can imagine and have probably experienced for yourself, child sexual abuse is a difficult subject for most adults to talk about, let alone the children who are its victims. As such we must begin with the basics and break the silence. In doing so, we achieve five key objectives as follows:

  1. We raise awareness to the fact that child sexual abuse happens in every community;
  2. We inspire all adults to learn to protect kids by participating in prevention training;
  3. We teach adults, teens and children "the language of abuse" and open the lines of communication;
  4. We help survivors understand that they are not alone and support their healing journey;
  5. And most importantly, we put offenders on notice that we're watching and our kids are off limits!

 

 Child Sexual Abuse Affects Everyone

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1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys
will be sexually abused
before the age of 18

That's 20% of our population!

20% of our children will be sexually abused
20% of our adults have been sexually abused


The Center for Disease Control estimates that 5-20% of the population will get the flu each season. Think of every person who told you that they had the flu this past year or that their spouse had the flu or maybe your own child said he or she had the flu.

Imagine if instead they said:
            I was sexually abused by my Dad
                                 My husband was raped by his priest
                                                         My teacher touches me down there

Now realize that those people are probably just a fraction of the people YOU know who have experienced child sexual abuse. Just because you don't know who they are, doesn't mean it isn't happening. There are survivors all around you - in your community, in your neighborhood, and possibly even in your own home. Will you be the one to start TAALKing?

Visualize the Statistics

Complete our Child Sexual Abuse Assessment Worksheet (or use a piece of plain paper)
 
  1. Write the first name of every child you know under the age of 18. Include:
    • Your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, step kids
    • Your neighbors' kids, your kids' friends, your friends' kids
    • Kids in your child's class, sports team, daycare or other extra-curricular activities
    • Your colleagues' kids
    • Kids in your faith organization
    • Kids where you work
    • Kids where you volunteer
  2. Circle the first girl and the first boy on your list
  3. Now circle every 4th girl and every 6th boy
 
Although you may not have the circles on the right heads, this is the number of children that you personally know who are likely to be sexually abused if you don't do something to stop it. Will you make a commitment today to learn how to protect them?
 
Get Notified of Upcoming Child Sexual Abuse Training   Take Our On-Line Training Now Button

Emergency Numbers

Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-SUICIDE
 or
1-800-799-4TTY (Hearing Impaired)
To Report Child Sexual Abuse
Call 911 or your local Child
Protection Services agency
Suspect Child Sexual Abuse?
Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD if you need
to talk about it
For Help to Manage Inappropriate Sexual Feelings towards Children
Visit www.stopitnow.org or 
Call 1-888-PREVENT

Who Do Child Molesters Target?

In her book The Socially Skilled Child Molester, Dr. Carla van Dam states that "Child molesters [also] gravitate to those people who are most likely to be too polite to fend them off, too shy and anxious to tell them to leave, too dependent to be assertive, and too impressed by rank, power, status or money to do the right thing. Child molesters deliberately associate with adults who cannot address these issues. They seek out adults who worry about hurting people's feelings. They charm adults who do not believe it could happen."
 
Become Aware ~ Get Educated
Be Empowered
 
Our kids are counting on

you!
 

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