Highlights of our Work
In 2017, public dislosures of sexual assault in Hollywood, the media industry, and Congress fueled legions of women and men to break through the silence of intimidation to declaure, "Me, Too." Their courage has led to a national conversation about how to change workplace culture that has allowed this behavior to go unchallenged for so long.
Many small voices, however, are unable to speak out - those of literally millions of children living with the trauma of sexual abuse today. They are confronted wiith the biggest imbalance of power any person can face - sexual abuse by a family member, or in two-thirds of cases, by other trusted aduts on whom they depend for their physical care and safety. Infants, toddlers, schoolchildren and teens are all at risk. Consider that the average age of child victims is 8. We can and must change this.
Here are highlights of MassKids' work to prevent the sexual assault of children in their workplaces, that is, in the places where they live and learn and play.
In 2017 MassKids:
Produced “Enough! Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in My School,” our one-hour, online e-learning course on child sexual abuse prevention for public and private school personnel; over 1,000 school personnel completed the course in the first quarter the course was made available
Completed research with Simmons College School of Social Work on the e-learning course that documented statistically significant increases in knowledge about child sexual abuse and its prevention, ability to identify boundary-violating behaviors, and willingness to report disclosed or suspected cases
Convened in Boston on October 20th the “National Conference on Innovative Strategies to Prevent Educator Sexual Misconduct” which brought together leaders in education, advocacy and the media
Promoted the National Conference in the press, on Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and onWGBH-TV's “The Take”
Helped draft the Massachusetts Comprehensive Child Sexual Abuse bill (S295) introduced by Senator Joan Lovely, the most comprehensive legislation on child sexual abuse prevention introduced in any state
Presented at the Legislative Briefing on S295 and provided testimony on the bill at Public Hearing of the Joint Committee on Education
Initiated discussions with the Boston Globe Editorial Board that resulted in a published Editorial on July 2017 in support of S295
Appeared with Senator Joan Lovely to promote S295 on “The American Dream,” a half-hour cable program in Lynn serving several North Shore communities
Co-convened with Associated Grant Makers, a briefing for funders and foundations about the national “Child Safety Funders Pledge”
Conducted two, 2-day “Training of Trainers” and certified 36 staff as Enough Abuse trainers for Eliot Community Human Service, and 26 staff trainers for Massachusetts Mentor, Inc.
Helped organize Enough Abuse Maine which was launched in York County; conducted Training of Trainers and certified 12 community members to provide free workshops on child sexual abuse prevention
Served on the 11-member National Task Force on Educator Sexual Misconduct that developed recommendations for over 1,500 private school members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Served on the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and as co-chair of its Policy Committee to develop safe child standards for youth-serving organizations
Quoted in New York Times articles published on April 23, 2017 and October 29, 2017 about sexual abuse scandals in prominent schools in New York City and Connecticut
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