The YMCA has a clear, compelling and demonstrated commitment to keep kids safe in our programs. However, child abuse is a broader societal issue that requires education and vigilance of the entire community in our homes and neighborhoods too.
The Sonoma County Family YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making our community a safer place for children. By encouraging adults to step up and speak out, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and foster conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.
Experts estimate that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
30% of children are abused by family members.
As many as 60% are abused by people the family trusts.
About 35% of victims are 11 years old or younger.
Nearly 40% are abused by older or larger children.
False reports are rare. Research shows that only 4% to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and speak out to encourage all adults to make it happen. But it takes all of us.
By bringing awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse to your community, you are making a difference.
By fostering conversations around how we can prevent it, you are making a difference.
By speaking up if you see a boundary violation, you are making a difference.
By stepping up and speaking out against child sexual abuse, you are not only saving childhoods but improving the lives of all of us.