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The “Five Percent” Can Help Stop Child Sexual Abuse

PHOTO: Idaho Children's Trust Fund has issued grants as part of a campaign to reach five percent of Idahoans for child sexual abuse prevention training. Photo credit: Microsoft Images
PHOTO: Idaho Children's Trust Fund has issued grants as part of a campaign to reach five percent of Idahoans for child sexual abuse prevention training. Photo credit: Microsoft Images
October 14, 2013

BOISE, Idaho – One in five children is sexually solicited on the Internet.

One in 10 is sexually abused before his or her 18th birthday.

And almost every incident could be prevented.

Those statistics are learned in the Stewards of Children training to prevent child sexual abuse, and three programs in Idaho have received new funding to offer the workshops.

Wickes MacColl, grants manager/program development with the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, which issued the grants, says it has a campaign underway to reach five percent of Idahoans.

"This is a devastating silent epidemic, and we just need adults to take this training,” she says. “If five percent of the adult population gets this training, there'll be a culture change."

MacColl compares the five percent goal to the campaign to ensure that adults place children in car safety seats – a practice now considered commonplace.

Grants were awarded to ICARE through St. Vincent de Paul, the Bannock Youth Foundation and Baby Haven at the Salvation Army in Caldwell.

The prevention trainings are based on transparency. MacColl says while children need mentors and other adults in their lives, those situations should not be one-on-one in places that cannot be observed by others at any time.

"There's no place where a perpetrator can be in contact with a child when the child is by him or herself, so that child sexual abuse is prevented," she says.

Those interested in attending a training can contact the Idaho Children's Trust Fund at 208-386-9317.




MacColl is at 208-386-9317. Stewards of Children training information: http://www.d2l.org

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID