Suggested Reading

The Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Noted researcher David Finkelhor examines initiatives to prevent child sexual abuse, which have focused on two primary strategies – offender management and school-based educational programs. He walks through the major goals of each initiative, the resulting data, and makes suggestions for the future.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention information Packet
This information packet was developed for sexual violence prevention educators, advocates, and their allied partners in public health and other disciplines. This packet contains resources to support the prevention of child sexual abuse and draws from research on child sexual abuse prevention programming, child sexual abuse risk and protective factors, and the public health model of prevention. Because of the size of the file, the sections have been broken up into: overviewchildren’s prevention programsadult prevention programs, a prevention bulletina resource list, and a bibliography.

Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: Facts about Sexual Abuse and How to Prevent It
This document, developed by Stop it Now! briefly defines child sexual abuse, possible behavioral symptoms of a child who may be experiencing sexual abuse, tries to answer questions of why people sexually abuse children and if they can stop, discusses age-appropriate sexual behavior and the development of a family safety plan, and prevention, treatment, and recovery resources.

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse Definitions and Rates
This factsheet helps to break down definitions and rates of child sexual abuse, and discusses the importance of prevention.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
This link offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities.