The eradication of child abuse begins with building informed, empowered communities with the courage to talk openly about this difficult issue. Child abuse — particularly child sexual abuse — has historically been a crime of secrecy. As high-profile cases capture media attention, social outrage continues to drive the conversation out of the shadows. Open conversation is the most effective tool we have to eradicate child abuse.
Be the One With Courage who combats the secrecy that enables child abuse.
Start the dialogue. Inspire others to talk openly.
Recognize and report suspected abuse.
“What can I do to be One with Courage?”
- Learn the signs and symptoms of abuse.
- As a parent, educate your children about child abuse in an age-appropriate way. If you’re uncertain how to approach it, contact your child’s physician, teacher, or a local children’s advocacy center (CAC) to learn about ways to have this discussion.
- Start a conversation with responsible family members, co-workers, other parents, teachers and coaches about what you have learned. If your workplace has a regular newsletter, ask for information on child abuse to be an educational topic in an upcoming publication.
- Report abuse when it is suspected. Contact law enforcement or child protective services to get help.
- Share the One With Courage campaign with family members, friends or co-workers.
- If you’re a member of the media, assist in locating low cost print, radio, television, or outdoor advertising space for the One With Courage Campaign.
- Contact your local CAC to see how you can help in the fight against child abuse in your community.
- Like One With Courage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
- Subscribe to NCA’s newsletter here.
- Volunteer with your local CAC.
- Serve on the board of your local CAC.
- Donate to your local CAC.
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse teaches individuals who work with children on a daily basis about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. Professionals will learn facts about child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, as well as many important details for how to make a report. Click on the link above to visit the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center training campus, then follow the links to register. Following the free training, print a certificate of completion.