The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™ is an introductory guide presented by Dark2Light.org, outlining core principles for preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Step 1: Learn the Facts
If we don't understand child sexual abuse, we can't end it. It is highly likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused.
Step 2: Minimize Opportunity
Safe environments can help reduce the risk for abuse. More than 80% of sexual abuse cases occur in isolated, one-on-one situations.
Step 4: Recognize the Signs
Signs of abuse are not always obvious, but they are always there. Emotional or behaviorial changes are often the most common signs.