This morning I gave a presentation to the La Mesa Collaborative which consists of representatives from local non-profits, youth serving organizations and school districts. I handed out sheets filled with useful information and horrifying statistics but what I really want to get everyone to realize is that 95% of child sexual abuse is preventable just by educating yourself and your kids.
Child molesters actually prey on those kids whose families don't educate themselves on child sexual abuse, are too polite or shy or afraid of hurting feelings by questioning behavior. They prey on those who aren't vigilant about checking their electronics, setting curfews and boundaries.
There is no reason not to educate yourself, your kids or your organization. It only increases the odds of it happening to your kids when you don't.