The movement to end child sexual abuse starts with a single word…
ENOUGH.

The Enough Abuse Campaign is leading “a trailblazing effort to prevent child sexual abuse by building a movement of concerned citizens, community by community.”

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

“The Enough Abuse Campaign breaks the mold on child sexual abuse. It  goes beyond a set of trainings to foster the building of real and lasting relationships among diverse stakeholders. Its emphasis on community collaboration sets it apart from previous efforts.”

Ms. Foundation for Women 

Did You Know?

Child sexual abuse is PREVENTABLE. Using proven effective public health strategies from other social change movements like tobacco reform and child safety helmet use, we can be the generation that effectively puts an end to the silence, shame and denial that has allowed child sexual abuse to go unchallenged for so long.

Without prevention strategies, 1 in 10 children may experience child sexual abuse before age 18.

What is child sexual abuse? How prevalent is it? What are the immediate and long-term health, mental health, social and educational consequences for children? To keep your children safe, Get the Facts and learn more today!

4. 5 million students in public schools (1 in 10) report sexual misconduct or abuse by an adult in their school

Get high-quality, research-backed online and in-person trainings to increase knowledge and skills to prevent child sexual abuse for you, your school, organization or community. Get Trained!

90% of citizens polled believe child sexual abuse is a serious problem. 75% believe it can be prevented and want to learn how.

Take action to prevent child sexual abuse through our Safety STARS program for schools and youth organizations, our Pledge to Prevent® online action campaign for individuals, and our Children’s Justice Campaign to advocate for laws and policies for child sexual abuse prevention and justice. Get Involved!

Together, survivors, advocates & their allies can change laws & policies to prevent child sexual abuse from ever occurring.

Influence policies and legislation in your state through our Children’s Justice Campaign. Advocate for laws to require prevention education in schools and youth organizations, prevent educator sexual misconduct/abuse, hold legally accountable persons in positions of authority who abuse children, and reform Statute of Limitations (SOL) laws. Raise your voice. Get Vocal!

Join the Movement to end sexual abuse against children and adolescents. Learn what part YOU can play.

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Advocate for child sexual abuse prevention legislation in Massachusetts!

On Tuesday July 9th, in partnership with Senator Joan Lovely’s office, Enough Abuse held a Legislative Briefing at the MA State House on the urgent need to pass child sexual abuse prevention legislation. Over 55 participants attended, representing 36 legislators’ offices, as well as the Committee on Education.

Senator Joan Lovely shared her personal story of surviving childhood sexual abuse when she was 6 years old. She emphasized the need for legislative action on this issue.

MassKids and Enough Abuse Executive Director, Jetta Bernier spoke on the prevalence of the problem, detailing several recent cases of child sexual abuse/misconduct in Massachusetts schools. She cited the economic cost to cities and towns sued for damages relating to these cases. Jetta highlighted the three key pieces of child sexual abuse prevention legislation we are aiming to pass.

Age of Consent Laws Protect Abusers

Unbelievably, age of consent laws in Massachusetts and some others states protect abusers. Imagine that a 16-year-old girl, Julie, has a rough home life. She tries her best at school and enjoys earning praise from her teachers. She admires her science teacher, Mr. Gardner. He is a 46- year-old charismatic teacher who all the students love. Mr. Gardner routinely invites Julie to stay after class, compliments her and asks about her life. He gives Julie the attention she needs. However, after a few months, he pressures her into a sexual relationship. Because she believes they are in love, she doesn’t tell anyone.

After several months, when their relationship is found out, Julie refuses to let her parents or the school try to break them up. Unfortunately, in Massachusetts and several other states, Julie’s refusal to press charges against Mr. Gardner means that police would not be able to investigate him, and therefore, he would not be criminally charged. Because abusers like Mr. Gardner groom 16-year-old students like Julie to believe that their relationship is “consensual,” Massachusetts’ current Age of Consent law protects adults who abuse their authority and sexually abuse youth.

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