News & Announcements

Survivors and Advocates Speak Out at the MA State House

Survivors of child sexual abuse and advocates spoke out at the Massachusetts State House at the “Survivors Nest” event and legislative briefing, hosted by Senator Joan Lovely on April 11th. MassKids/Enough Abuse Director, Jetta Bernier and Senator Lovely described key bills that would prevent child sexual abuse in Massachusetts schools, and survivors including MassKids Board Member, Trish Kendall shared their stories and explained how training for school employees could help prevent future abuse and help protect children.

Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Massachusetts Advocacy Briefing

MassKids and its Enough Abuse Campaign held a Virtual Advocacy Briefing webinar on Thursday, April 20th  to educate citizens, policymakers and advocates about a package of bills aimed at preventing child sexual abuse in Massachusetts schools and youth-serving organizations. Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Natalie Blais discussed what these bills, which they have introduced, will accomplish. Several survivors of educator sexual abuse and child advocates explained why passage is so crucial. Learn how you can take action to support these bills.

MassKids Partners with Prevent Child Abuse America on CDC Research Project to Evaluate the Effectiveness of State Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Laws

MassKids and its Enough Abuse Campaign to prevent child sexual abuse is partnering with Prevent Child Abuse America on a CDC-funded project to evaluate the effectiveness of state laws and policies to prevent child sexual abuse (CSA) perpetrated by adults.  

Become a Gold Star School or Youth Organization with Safety S.T.A.R.S.!

Safety S.T.A.R.S. supports schools and youth organizations seeking to strengthen their policies and practices to prevent child sexual abuse through: high quality in-person and online trainings;
cutting-edge assessment and prevention tools; and
expert technical assistance on prevention policies.

Enough Abuse – Building the Movement to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The Enough Abuse Campaign, directed by MassKids, is making great strides to educate parents, schools, youth organizations and the public about child sexual abuse and ways to prevent it but we need YOUR support to reach our goals for children faster.

Learn how to take action in your state to promote child sexual abuse prevention legislation!

Watch the three-part webinar series to learn to take action in your state.

Radio Interview: Morning Show on North Shore 104.9FM with Senator Bruce Tarr

Listen to the Morning Show on North Shore 104.9FM radio interview with MassKids Executive Director Jetta Bernier, taped on May 4th, 2020. Jetta, Senator Bruce Tarr and Morning Show hosts discuss the problem of child abuse during COVID-19, and steps people can take to protect children. 

Protecting Children and Preventing Child Abuse During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Our Massachusetts Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Caring For Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic can help raise awareness about the increased risk to children of abuse and neglect during this time, and provide support to parents and other caregivers to help keep children safe.