Whatever you do for a living and whichever state you live in, YOU can advocate for improved child sexual abuse prevention laws!
MassKids and the Enough Abuse Campaign have been advocating to improve child sexual abuse prevention legislation in Massachusetts and in other states as well! You can learn about child sexual abuse prevention laws in your state and what our recommendations are for each type of legislation by reading our Call to Action report. You can learn how to use the report to advocate for legislation in your state by watching our 3-part Webinar Series for Policymakers and Advocates. To network with other advocates and get help as you advocate in your state, you can join our bimonthly States Policy Exchange.
Below, you will find other helpful Enough Abuse Campaign advocacy resources, including our model pieces of legislation for several child sexual abuse prevention laws, a resource document we developed to help you in your advocacy called, “Strategies for Passing Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Laws in Your State”, and more.
Resources & Downloads:
download A Call to Action for Policymakers and Advocates: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Legislation in the States
This 116-page national report developed by Enough Abuse in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse America reviews five types of laws aimed at preventing sexual misconduct and abuse through school-based initiatives and provides an overview of each state’s legislative efforts in those areas. Emerging trends are analyzed a set of recommendations are proposed to enhance current state legislative efforts, and to build a national infrastructure to coordinate and support implementation of targeted prevention actions in schools, youth organizations and communities across the states.
play_circle Part I: Policymakers and Advocates – An Overview of State Legislative Efforts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Schools and Youth Organizations
Video URL: https://vimeo.com/641665675
Learn what these 5 key CSA prevention laws are, how many states have passed them, and why it is crucial that we pass them in every state.
play_circle Part II: Policymakers and Advocates – Strategies to Pass CSA Prevention Education Laws In Your State
Video URL: https://vimeo.com/644112974
Learn about what provisions are recommended to be included in CSA prevention education laws, whether your state has these laws, and how they might be improved. Also learn the first 14 of 21 Strategies to Pass CSA Prevention Laws.
play_circle Part III: Policymakers and Advocates – Strategies to Enact Comprehensive Screening Laws and Policies in your state
Video URL: https://vimeo.com/646645972
Watch for an in-depth look at standardized screening laws to prevent educator sexual misconduct, what the key components and recommended provisions are, and what resources you can use to advocate to pass or improve the law in your state.
download Model Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
The Enough Abuse Campaign has developed model legislative language to prevent child sexual abuse. If your state has not yet introduced these laws, you can meet with legislators and share this language with them and ask that they introduce it in your state.
exit_to_app Visit our 4 Interactive Maps to View a summary of CSA prevention laws in your state
Enough Abuse has created four interactive maps that show a summary of each of these laws in each state when you click on the state:
download Strategies to Pass CSA Prevention Laws in Your State
MassKids introduced 21 Strategies to Pass CSA Prevention Laws In Your State in parts II and III of the webinars for Policymakers and Advocates. This document includes links to examples of testimony, press releases, letter campaigns, model bill language and more.
download Example of an Email Campaign Strategy to Pass Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Legislation in Your State
Here is a series of daily emails sent over the period of several weeks to MA Senate and House leadership and members of relevant committees reviewing child sexual abuse prevention bills, e.g. Committee on Education, Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Children and Families, etc. Please feel free to adapt these emails to support your state’s legislative efforts to prevent child sexual abuse.
Whether you identify as a victim, survivor, or as someone working through the trauma of sexual abuse, know that you are not alone, you are not to blame for what happened, and support is available to help you on your journey to healing.
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