Apr 26, 2019

In order to be able to prevent child sexual abuse it is critically important that family members as well as our systems are able to develop and maintain a preventive mindset. This means that both family members and systems such as child protective services are able to focus on preventive measures that would minimize risks for children.

Here are a few examples of what a preventive mindset means for family members:

  • Get to know the person well before allowing contact with the children
  • Perform a thorough background check before allowing interactions with the children
  • Supervise the interactions to make sure the children are not being exposed to inappropriate behavior
  • Time is of the essence
  • Keep in mind that service providers such as Child Protective Services are typically much more responsive if a concern is brought forward by a family member

In the true story I describe in my book “Father Figure – my mission to prevent child sexual abuse”, I felt that Child Protective Services did not react in a timely manner in a preventive situation likely because the concern was brought forward by me, a bystander family friend. I hope that CPS will try to make some changes so such concerns are acted upon with a greater sense of urgency.

© 2017 - Sumi Mukherjee
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