Live Virtual or In-Person Training Curricula

Child sexual abuse is “a silent epidemic,” according to the American Medical Association. One in four women and one in six men report experiencing sexual abuse in childhood. The Enough Abuse Campaign offers educational information to parents, youth, professionals, and other concerned adults to prevent people from sexually abusing children today and to prevent children from developing abusive behaviors in the future. The Enough Abuse Campaign has six in-person or live virtual training curricula. 

These trainings are provided by certified trainers in the organizations, communities, and states that have adopted the Campaign. 

The curricula have been independently reviewed by the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center for their accuracy and reflect the latest knowledge in the field. Over 100 references and citations from peer-reviewed articles and studies back up the data and facts presented in these “research-based” tools.  Evaluations from parents, professionals, and youth who participate in community trainings using these curricula routinely rate the tools high on a 5-point scale of excellence. 

Training curricula have also been adapted for schools and youth organizations in West Africa through collaborations with Enough Abuse Nigeria and Enough Abuse Sierra Leone.

#1: Enough Abuse: Strategies for Your Family and Community

“Enough Abuse: Strategies for Your Family and Community” is the Campaign’s core training curriculum. It contains over 115 well-referenced and attractively depicted slides that are used by certified Campaign trainers and adapted according to audience, level of expertise of participants, and length of available training time.

The curriculum is divided into three major sections:

Part I. Understanding Child Sexual Abuse as a Public Health Problem

This section provides an overview of adverse childhood experiences, including child sexual abuse, that can lead to high risk health behaviors and which in turn can contribute to the leading causes of disease and death in the U.S. It defines sexual abuse, including touching and non-touching offenses and discusses how they contribute to the trauma victims report. Statistics on incidence, reporting, prosecution and incarceration are provided to support the need for primary prevention strategies. Current common ways child sexual abuse is being addressed are presented with their strengths and limitations. The Campaign’s specific focus on preventing perpetration rather than on preventing revictimization is discussed. Included are data and characteristics of those who abuse (men, women, juveniles), why they abuse (summary of key typologies and deficits), and conditions under which recidivism is less likely to occur.

Part II. Conditions that Support Child Sexual Abuse

This section discusses the many social messages children receive from our culture, their communities and families, and how these contribute to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Secrecy fueled by the many tactics employed by abusers and some institutions is discussed, as well as reasons families and communities have been silent and what the consequences of all these factors have been for children.

Part III. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Educate, the first section of this part, discusses behavior signs that suggest someone might pose a risk to a child and ways to reduce opportunity for sexual abuse; how to distinguish developmentally expected sexual behaviors of children from those that might indicate a potential problem for the child or others; and how to recognize behavior and physical signs that might indicate a child has been sexually abused.

Communicate focuses on speaking to children about healthy body boundaries and respectful relationships; talking tips for parents; how to communicate with children about their sexual behaviors to promote healthy development, e.g. establish safety, model good communication, empathy and accountability; and how to communicate with adults and teens when there are concerns about their sexual behaviors.

Advocate discusses ways to support child victims and handle disclosures; how to report and seek assistance for abusers; and the benefits for the child, the abuse and the community. It includes many examples of how participants can translate their new awareness about child sexual abuse into concrete, achievable actions to prevent it.

Read What People Are Saying About “Strategies” Training Curriculum:

Information was delivered in a concise manner – highlighting the important facts, issues and concerns.

It was informative and pertained to something we are dealing with directly.

Comprehensive and I was pleased our school presented the issue head on and provided resources.

My son was abused by a child in our neighborhood. Listening was hard, so I appreciated how the presenters handled the presentation.

The speakers were clear, concise. They presented the necessary information without going into detailed facts about the current case in our community.

Besides learning more general information the presentation seemed to depersonalize the current case in our community and it allowed us to look at it “from a distance.”

Both presenters were not only knowledgeable but were very sensitive and professional to the needs of our school educators.

Very needed. All teachers in all communities should be presented with the Enough Abuse presentation.

Slide show with quick, articulate delivery of information.

The instructors were very knowledgeable. I liked the PowerPoint format.

Very nicely put together presentation.

The presenter was clear and knowledgeable.

Direct, explicit, visuals were helpful.

Broke down stereotypes of who sexually abuses.

Good info about prevention and detection. Statistics very enlightening.

PowerPoint was great. Presenter was very knowledgeable and clear.

Statistics were eye opening! Presenter was knowledgeable and very good speaker.

The presenters spoke to us. They didn’t just read off the slides.

The question/answer session was good.

Honest, straightforward approach.

The trainers were very articulate; liked that their approach to our community was positive.

Open, unemotional presentation of facts.

Time for questions; direct.

Data and warning signs given were important.

It gave us guidelines about what to say if a child comments on sexual abuse.

That it was comprehensive and covered a lot of useful information.

Clear, well-organized, well-paced. Both presenters had excellent speaking voices and tempo.

I liked the concise and factual way the information was presented.

The timely nature of the material presented.

Informative, presenters were well prepared and knowledgeable.

Extremely informative – well done – excellent speakers.

Information on resources.

Information on what I can do to educate children about prevention of child abuse.

Just knowing this type of service exists with many extra resources.

I liked the sensitive, direct way in which the material was presented.

The time was well used to address a system-wide concern.

#2: Enough Abuse: Strategies for Your School

This version of “Strategies” is intended specifically to educate school administrators, teachers, school coaches, parents, and other school employees. It includes:

Part I: Defining the nature and scope of child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation;

Part II: Preventing sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in schools; and

Part III: Legal obligations of school personnel to report child sexual abuse.

Included in the training is a listing of specific physical and psychological boundary-violating behaviors that schools should consider when reviewing their Code of Conduct policies or adopting new ones. 

#3: Enough Abuse: Strategies for Youth Organizations

This version of “Strategies” is specifically intended for organizations that serve children and youth. It includes:

Part I: The nature and scope of child sexual abuse and exploitation;

Part II: Preventing sexual abuse and misconduct in youth-serving organizations;

Part III: Screening tools and strategies; and

Part IV: Handling disclosures and reporting child sexual abuse

Included in the training is a listing of specific physical and psychological boundary-violating behaviors that schools should consider when reviewing their Code of Conduct policies or adopting new ones.

#4: Understanding & Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children and Adolescents

This training curriculum has been updated to include the latest information on problematic sexual behaviors (PSB) of children and adolescents. It can be presented virtually or in-person. It is an interactive tool aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of parents and professionals to: 

  •  Identify “developmentally expected” sexual behaviors;
  •  Distinguish those behaviors from problematic behaviors that are coercive, concerning, and/or illegal;
  •  Respond to all sexual behaviors in ways that promote healthy development and support affected bystanders.

Scenarios are presented describing sexual behaviors of children and adolescents that participants might witness in their homes, in day care settings, schools and other youth-serving organizations. Small group discussions give participants an opportunity to apply their new knowledge about how to assess and respond to these behaviors in ways that model good communication, empathy and accountability. These responses can help build protective factors in children and adolescents so that their risks to be victimized or to engage in PSB can be reduced.

Read what people are saying about this Enough Abuse Campaign training:

Thank you! The best professional day event I’ve been to – knowledgeable, professional and engaging!

The trainer was informative, helped us identify problems, and provided us with strategies for assessing the differences between healthy and unhealthy sexual behaviors. The topic was important and I learned a lot.

Down to earth, engaging, real. Appreciated chance to “practice” with scenarios, developmental levels, and acknowledgement of the complexity of these cases.

Excellent presentation!

Very clear and specific information, very knowledgeable presenter.

I really liked the instructors – they were passionate and knowledgeable. They did a great job. The numbers were disturbing for sexual abuse.

I liked that the focus was not on the ‘witch hunt’ of finding offenders, but rather on prevention beginning at younger ages.

It was good information that was clearly stated and understood. It brought up issues that are often dismissed. Sexual abuse is an issue we need to be educated about.

The presentation was excellent. The scenarios, information on normal and problematic sexuality, and tips for responding to sexual behaviors of children were most helpful.

The training dispels myths, discusses need to not minimize behaviors and to be able to address behaviors, and emphasizes creating an open dialogue with children at a young age.

What I liked best was the frankness of the discussion and learning how to identify unhealthy sexual behaviors in adults and children.

All of the information was very helpful. The way it was presented made it easy to deal with a subject that can be quite difficult.

It was straightforward and perfect. Thank you.

I feel this is an important training for ALL providers in Family Child Care.

This training should be offered to all day care providers, especially to family child care providers. It should also be prepared in other languages.

I thought the training was very educational. Very relaxed setting and very instructive.

What I liked best was normalizing ‘taboo’ topics.

It brings things out into the open, giving good advice and strategies.

I liked learning what things to say to children when you see them engaging in inappropriate activities.

I liked how the presenters gave examples of scenarios and ways to approach a child about his/her sexual behavior.

I liked learning about resources – where I can talk out my concerns to ensure that I am doing everything to keep children in my care safe.

It's Not Just Jenna text with a photo of teenage girl (Jenna)
#5: “It’s Not Just Jenna: A True Story of Child Sexual Abuse and Survival” and “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Learning and Discussion Guide”

“It’s Not Just Jenna” is a compelling 30-minute video featuring the true story of a family whose lives were changed after 16-year old Jenna Quinn revealed that she had been sexually abused by a trusted family friend.

Youth groups, schools, churches, and others can purchase the right to view the Video and, using the Discussion Guide, facilitate a post-viewing training with their group/organization an unlimited number of times for a $75 fee.

The Quinn family’s willingness to share their journey of discovery will help others learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by educating them about:

  • Behaviors to be aware of in adults that might indicate they pose a risk to children;
  • Ways sexual abusers “groom” or establish trust with potential victims and their families;
  • Behaviors to be aware of in children or teens that might indicate that they are being or have been sexually abused;
  • Why it’s difficult for victims of child sexual abuse to tell;
  • How to respond when we see behaviors in an adult, child, or teen that indicate they might be involved in sexual abuse.

Today, Jenna is a national speaker, author, the namesake of Jenna’s Law in Texas, and an advocate for child sexual abuse prevention legislation. She provides a personal message to survivors at the end of the video, telling them they are not alone, and encouraging them to speak to a trusted adult. Her message to parents encourages them to talk to their children, beginning early and communicating often about body safety.

Jenna also emphasizes to school and youth organization staff the importance of policies to prevent child sexual abuse, and specific policies that could improve child safety and reduce legal and financial liabilities that can result from incidents of sexual misconduct and abuse.

Together this Video and Discussion Guide will educate junior and senior high school students, parents, teachers and youth-serving professionals about the broader problem of child sexual abuse and what we all need to know to help prevent it. 

To purchase the Video and Discussion Guide for your group, contact MassKids at or 617 742-8555. We accept payment by check or cash. After receiving your order, we will send you an invoice and instructions to access, stream and/or download the video and discussion guide on our e-learning management platform.

Read what youth are saying about It’s Not Just Jenna:

I liked that it’s a personal story rather than just a documentary so it gives perspective to a real life situation, how to prevent it, and the warning signs.

This video showed me… if I think something is wrong to ask and if there is something wrong with me I can tell people.

It was very open and showed you the real story and how it all started.

A lot of it I can understand her point. I went through that too for 13 years. I was 5 years old when it started until I was 7 years old. I understand her.

How Jenna was able to speak about it, I would imagine it must be hard to talk about.

I liked that the story was so real and that it showed the perspectives of not only the victim but also the people around her. It transitioned well, showing her childhood to her recovery.

Usually they make up a story, but the fact is it was true and she was brave enough to tell her story.

I liked that it didn’t try to hide the parts that are uncomfortable to see.

It showed the emotional impact sexual abuse has on families. Seeing the father’s emotion made the impact of the matter more serious.

I liked that Jenna got through that terrible part of her life and that she wants to help others.

…and about the It’s Not Just Jenna Discussion:

I liked that the discussion was very thorough and clear. A lot of good topics were included and a lot of questions were answered.

What I liked best is we discussed things that I didn’t realize.

I liked hearing my classmates discuss the injustice of child abuse, it showed that they care.

Being able to talk freely and openly. It helped teach more about sexual abuse. Great discussion.

Learning about what to do if you suspect abuse and the steps to take to report/prevent it.

The speakers actually interested me; they were good presenters who made sure we understood.

I like the information I learned from the discussion. I never knew the steps to take when you know someone is getting abused. I liked learning about the warning signs as well.

It was very informative and I learned a lot from discussions. It made me consider being a foster parent when I am older.

I liked how you could relate to Jenna. It connected children being sexually abused to real life.

That it was Jenna talking and that it went into enough detail to know what she dealt with.

The video was really honest and straight forward.

It was a real story and powerful. I liked how it showed how close and how much the family was there for Jenna. The family worked together to heal.

What I liked best about the video was when Jenna’s sister was talking and her sister knew something was wrong with Jenna and her sister did something about it.

It was a good way of being safe and teaching others.

Make us realize that we should realize people’s behaviors, especially little kids, because we could be the one to help them out.

It showed me what to do if anyone needs help.

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