Members in all
50 States and Canada
Know the Facts About
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Abusers
Sexual abusers will seek access to children where protective barriers are low
Protective barriers in the Church tend to be critically low, creating a target for predators
Ongoing failure to address this issue results in increased risk to children in ministry programs
Less than 10% of sexual abusers will EVER encounter the criminal justice system
A background check alone is NOT an effective Safety System
Sexual abusers KNOW when there is no criminal record to be found
Background checks are vital, but they have limitations and are NOT a silver bullet
There is NO visual profile for molesters
Most molesters appear helpful, trustworthy and responsible
Abusers come from all segments of society and many are married, educated and have families
90% of victims are abused by someone they know and trust
Abduction offenses (the ‘snatch and grab’) are a fraction of sexual abuse occurrences
Sexual abusers groom children and gatekeepers prior to sexual behavior
Staff members and volunteers are gatekeepers and MUST understand and be able to recognize the abuser’s ‘grooming process'
1 out of 4 girls &
1 out of 6 boys
will be sexually abused before the age of 18
Two Types of Predators
Abduction offenders make up less than 10% of the problem. Preferential offenders have no visual profile – don't fit any stereotype – and are much harder to spot. Abusers must be recognized by their BEHAVIOR.
Sexual abuse is an issue of
Studies show there are
sexual abuse survivors in the United States.
With a population of 300 Million:
1 out of 5 Americans were sexually
abused before reaching 18 years of age.
of sexual abuse victims will never talk about the abuse until adulthood,
of victims are abused by someone they know and trust.
These statistics apply to all socioeconomics, racial groups, demographics and denominations.
Without good information, you simply won’t spot the problem.
The 5-Part Safety System
At the core of an effective Child Safety System is this reality: what we BELIEVE shapes what we DO. Prevention starts with awareness.