sexual abuse may be girls or boys of any age. The abuse
can cause serious and long-lasting psychological harm.
Family and friends of the
that a loved one has been sexually abused can be very
painful. If friends or family members are involved in
the abuse, they may be covering up the problem and
may lead to shattered families, crime and other
abuse is more common than many people think. As many as 90% of
abuse victims know the perpetrator. Its effects can be
sexual abuse programs teach children how to keep
themselves safe. These programs are widely used in schools and
children's clubs. These programs are very important, but they
are no substitute for adult responsibility. Adults are
responsible for the safety of children. Adults are responsible
for ensuring that children wear seat belts. Parents typically
walk children across busy streets. Parents know it is their
responsibility to store toxic household cleaners out of reach.
Why, then, would we leave the job of preventing child sexual
abuse solely to children?
percentage of those who sexually abuse children are authority
figures in the lives of their victims. We teach children to
obey adults in authority. It is unrealistic to expect children
to say "no"
to a parent, coach or teacher. In addition, those who sexually
children often "groom" children with affection and attention,
making it difficult for children to identify what they are
experiencing as abuse. This is why child-focused prevention
programs must be supplemented with programs that focus on
|The sexual abuse
of children is often difficult to think about. You may feel
frightened and helpless, but you don’t need to. You can do
something about it.
|This web site is
a project of the Alliance for Children’s Justice (ACJ), a
multi-disciplinary task force of North Dakota professionals
and lay people concerned about the sexual abuse of children.
ACJ includes school counselors, judges, social workers,
parents, prosecutors, psychologists and others who understand
that child molestation is a serious crime. The Alliance is
sponsored by the North Dakota Child Protection Services in the
Children and Family Division of the ND Department of Human
Services. The Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Project is funded
through a grant from the ND Children's Trust Fund.
|The Alliance has
a vision that every adult feel equal weight for the care and
protection of all children. ACJ’s goal is that all North
Dakota children be free of sexual abuse. To meet this goal,
all adults must do what they can to
prevent child sexual abuse.
|If you’re a
parent, you can take important steps toward preventing the
sexual abuse of your children by becoming acquainted with the
information presented on this web site and by talking with
your children about it. You can learn, too, how to tell if
your children may have been sexually abused and
what to do to help them.
|If you are
concerned about a child in your community, this web site has
information about what you can
do. If you want more information contact the Alliance at:
Prevent Child Abuse ND
PO Box 1213
418 E. Rosser Avenue, Suite 110
Bismarck, ND 58502-1213
701-223-9052 Fax: 701-355-4362 fax [Email]
What is Child Sexual
or someone you know has the potential to sexually abuse a
child, get help before any abuse occurs. Contact your
local mental health organization or social service agency
to find an appropriate treatment program.
|And How Are
|The Alliance for
Children’s Justice has chosen to use the traditional greeting
of the African Masai to reflect the Alliance’s vision that
every adult feel equal weight for the care and protection of
all children. Among the Masai, even people without children
would give the traditional answer, “The children are well,”
meaning life is good.
|“And how are the
children?” is all we need to ask to determine whether life is
good in North Dakota. The answer to the question depends on
whether children are free from sexual abuse. Every North
Dakota adult must protect children so that the answer can be,
”The children are well. They are all free from sexual abuse.”
|If you would like
to wear the Alliance’s dove pin asking, “And how are the
children?”, please email