Informed business leaders are a key component in the fight against child abuse. Here is how you can be One with Courage
Learn the signs and symptoms of abuse
Learn the signs and symptoms of abuse, and educate others about the signs and symptoms of abuse. Maintaining employee back ground checks will encourage non-criminal behavior.
Start a conversation
Start a conversation with co-workers, family, friends and neighbors about the signs and symptoms of abuse. Download the One with Courage banner ads and have them placed on your company’s website or your personal blog/website. Consider pro bono acts that your company could use to help support the awareness and prevention of abuse. Charitable donations to nonprofit organizations can help survivors get the support they need to heal
A child’s safety is an adult’s job
Children are often taught how to keep themselves safe, which is important, but they are just children. We teach them to be safe and protect them in so many areas; this should include preventing sexual abuse. Children are taught to mind grownups, but they also need to be taught that they have the right to say “no” and the right to privacy. Their body is their own.
If possible, create policy that models appropriate behavior. Minimize opportunity. Put limits on one-adult/one-child situations, even with authority figures. By establishing clear rules and boundaries like this, the risk of abuse is reduced. Set an example by personally avoiding one-adult/one-child situations with children other than your own. Think carefully about gatherings and encourage group participation whenever possible.
Encourage friends and family to join the One with Courage campaign – help them understand everyone’s role in this fight. If you are a member of or have access to the media, assist in locating low cost print, radio, television or outdoor advertising space for the purpose of the One with Courage campaign
Contact your local Children’s Justice Center (CJC)
Contact your local Children’s Justice Center (CJC) to find out how you can be more involved, volunteer, and/or serve on the board.
Act on suspicions
Many of those who sexually abuse children have multiple victims. You may be faced with a situation where you suspect abuse but don’t have any proof. Suspicions are scary, but trust your instincts. Have the courage to report suspected abuse. The future well-being of a child may be at stake.
Remember, you are obligated by law to report suspected child abuse.
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