Child Abuse Prevention Training
Why Child Safety Training?
Estimates show that 90% of sex offenders don’t have criminal records and therefore will go undetected without proper training of your volunteers and staff to identify signs of abuse and how to handle reporting of abuse.
Even as your ministry makes that commitment, realize that we are fighting against what seems to be an epidemic of child abuse in this country and throughout the world.
Experts estimate fewer than 10% of perpetrators are ever criminally prosecuted, due to the passage of time, legal time limits, adults who minimize an abuse outcry, or kids who never tell.
The statistics are staggering:
One (1) out of 5 girls is sexually abused before they turn 12, and 1 of 4 before 18. One (1) out of 8 boys is sexually abused before they turn 12, and 1 of 6 before 18. And even worse, many reports indicate that precisely because sexual predators target trusting environments where children are present, the incidence of child abuse is actually higher in the Christian community.
Indeed, 90% of registered sex offenders claim to be “religious” or “very religious.” The church and ministry is not immune to this epidemic: a recent survey of 600 missionary kids from several agencies revealed that 7% said they had been sexually abused growing up. Statistics do not begin to describe the devastating consequences of child abuse.