Over a three-year period, the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) stakeholders identified strengths and weaknesses in South Dakota’s response to child sexual assault and maltreatment. Stakeholders formulated a 10-year strategic plan to address those findings, including the investment in a prevention program targeting child sexual abuse. After researching national and international programs, they chose the Enough Abuse campaign, based on the campaign’s program evaluation results, comprehensive training curricula targeting adults, teenagers, and children, and programmatic support from the national office.
Enough Abuse South Dakota is made possible by funding through South Dakota Department of Social Services, South Dakota Department of Education and South Dakota Department of Health.
Enough Abuse South Dakota is a partnership led by CPCM and Children’s Home Society of South Dakota and pairs with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface and Resiliency program rolled out in South Dakota in the spring of 2018. The two statewide awareness campaigns give victims a voice to immediately connect with appropriate services.
Similar to the SD ACEs and Resiliency program, professionals and community members are trained to deliver Enough Abuse in various venues through engagement of parents, caregivers, schools, youth serving organizations, parent organizations, churches, child care providers, and other audiences that serve children and youth.
The goal of the campaign is to engage communities so that together we can increase what we KNOW, improve how we RESPOND, and ultimately PREVENT child sexual abuse. It is time we say ENOUGH!
Thirty-five individuals from across the state were trained in the Enough Abuse curriculum in May 2019. These individuals demonstrated a passion for educating others about keeping children safe and a willingness to train within their respective agencies, as well as provide training in other areas, communities, and businesses.
Since 2019, Enough Abuse South Dakota has held 230 trainings, educating 4,445 adults and 96 youth to prevent child sexual abuse.
exit_to_app Tifanie Petro, Director of Advocacy and Prevention of Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center
If you are interested in scheduling or customizing a presentation for your group or organization in South Dakota, please reach out to Tifanie Petro, Director of Advocacy and Prevention of Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center.
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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