Sexual Abuse Is Preventable

Child Abuse Prevention is a complex issue that requires a multi-layered approach. For Praesidium, Child Abuse Prevention is more than just a month, it’s a mission. We’ve created this site to help share research and free resources with parents and caregivers. We know that Child Abuse Prevention is an ongoing journey, and we hope that this site will be a helpful resource for you as you work to create a safe and healthy home for your family. Thank you for joining us in the fight to prevent child abuse.

"Each one of us has the opportunity and responsibility to be a change-maker and torchbearer for child abuse prevention."

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The Impact of Sexual Abuse


  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 20 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. 
  • 90% of offenders are known by their victim or their victim’s family.
  • 1 in 10 public school children, accounting for 4.5 million students, have experienced sexual misconduct by an educator.
  • Each year, 1 in 7 nursing home residents and thousands of adults with disabilities are abused.
  • There are more than 60 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America; 80% never reported their abuse.
  • Child abuse costs the United States approximately $103 billion per year.


  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • 10 times more likely to attempt suicide.
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from PTSD.
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.



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Parent Resources

Those we care for need accurate, age-appropriate information about sexual abuse from an adult they trust. With that in mind, we have gathered age-appropriate materials to help you start a conversation with your child. Please click the button below to access resources for your child's age group.

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