Enough! Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in My Youth Organization
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“Enough!” is a comprehensive training course developed exclusively to meet the specific needs of youth organizations, and to address the challenges they face in preventing sexual misconduct and abuse. The one-hour, online course provides learners with an engaging and interactive experience, while increasing their knowledge about child sexual abuse, their ability to identify boundary violating behaviors before they can escalate to legally reportable sexual offenses, and their confidence in reporting sexual misconduct and suspected cases of child sexual abuse. 


Introduction

Every year, in youth-serving organizations (YSOs) across the U.S. an estimated 35 million adults come into contact with more than 70 million children and teens. Within these organizations our children learn new skills, build self-esteem, and are challenged to explore worlds that might not be available to them at home. Unfortunately, the same factors that create a nurturing environment for children may also increase a child’s vulnerability by providing “cover” and access to children that sexual abusers seek. Without a comprehensive strategy to prevent sexual abuse, those who work in youth-serving organizations and programs are not sufficiently equipped to protect our children from this risk or the organization from financial and legal liabilities. A key prevention strategy is to educate all staff and volunteers about child sexual abuse and how it can be prevented.


How to Purchase

Administrators and directors of youth-serving organizations may preview the course for free with no obligation.

The course is available for purchase under a Licensing Agreement based on a per learner cost of $20. Youth organizations or city or town recreation departments with large employee pools are encouraged to contact us to discuss an “enterprise rate” that would support its dissemination to the broadest possible audience. The Licensing Agreement includes regular reports to the purchasing entity about the number and demographics of learners registered who completed the course, and their pre and post-test scores and evaluation survey results. For information about previewing or purchasing the course, please contact us at info@masskids.org or call us at 617 742 8555. 

Interested individuals can also take the course. Contact us at info@masskids.org and we will send you a special access link. Your $20 registration fee can be paid by check and sent to MassKids, 112 Water St., Suite 204, Boston, MA 02109.  


Evaluation

Learners can take the course in one session or in four 15-minute modules. Closed captions are available. Three brief knowledge checks are included within the course and pre- and post-tests measure knowledge gains. A brief survey assesses self-reported changes in ability to identify and respond to boundary-violating behaviors that can lead to sexual abuse. A certificate of proficiency can be downloaded upon completion of the course. Reports are available for program administrators to track completion rates and feedback from participants.


Who Should Take the Course?

Administrators, directors and trustees of public or private youth organizations and programs, tutors, sports coaches, troop leaders, counselors, mentors, music, dance, and martial arts instructors, faith-based youth program staff, custodians, security guards, bus drivers, food service staff, healthcare staff, volunteers, and anyone else working in programs that serve youth.


“This course has raised my awareness about this problem and increased my confidence to report.”

It led with hope. As a survivor myself these types of trainings are often challenging or even triggering. This one was challenging, but thorough, well thought out, and led with hope.”

“I liked that it was interactive and engaging. I also like that it addressed common fears and biases.”

“It was helpful to have details about how to respond if a child reports sexual abuse to you. It was helpful to have details about the boundary violating behaviors.”

“I liked that it made sure I was engaged and was rooted in scenario-based learning.”

“I liked the format, pacing, and interaction. The examples were well done. Overall simple to use and clear in content. Format can apply in any YSO.”

“Simple but powerful. Excellent listing of what all constitutes abusive behavior, especially emphasizing less well-known ones (e.g. talking about adult problems to kids).”

“It addressed the reporter’s biases and fears and makes it very clear what the responsibilities of the reporter are.”

“Engaging, interactive, high quality and accurate information.”

“I liked that this training gave realistic scenarios and focused on the identification of strange behaviors and not outright sexual misconduct, as it is not talked about enough.”

“I liked how informative and interactive the training was.”

“I loved how informative and non-judgmental the presentation was. So many of my colleagues take the ‘It’s not my job to deal with this’ avenue, mostly because of fear and disinformation. This training so beautifully nullifies that fear and gives adults the tools to proceed, knowing that they are safe while trying to keep our youth safe.”

“This course has raised my awareness about this problem and increased my confidence to report.”

“The course content is robust & comprehensive and the pre-test for knowledge was very innovative. Also, the downloadable educational materials were strong.”

“I liked the format, pacing, and interaction. The examples were well done. Overall simple to use and clear in content. Format can apply in any YSO.”

“I love the interactivity of it.”

“When taught about the topic before, the lecture mainly focused on the effects of child abuse, statistics surrounding it, and preventive measures organizations take. This course had more of a focus on how you, personally, can help when encountering such cases, and did so by demonstrating what signs to look out for from the outside in.”

“I liked the real-life examples this course provided. This training gave me so much useful information about child sexual abuse. “

“I liked how it taught us how to handle and speak to child abuse victims. I think many children are scared to come forward and tell people based on how their reactions will be, but it is good to be taught to stay calm and reassure them.”

“I think the examples were very beneficial to increasing my knowledge because they involved experiences that most people can relate to or have noticed because they took place in common settings. “

“I like the way it was presented. It felt like real people were guiding the course, rather than being a lecture.”