PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION<br />The purpose of the National Plan to Prevent the Abuse and Sexual Ex...
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Prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation

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  • 1. PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION<br />The purpose of the National Plan to Prevent the Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children is to help assure all children have childhoods free from sexual abuse and exploitation in both physical and digital environments and have opportunities to develop into healthy adults capable of having healthy relationships. The plan addresses the need to reduce the societal demand for commercial and individual exploitation of children and outlines a strategy to prevent children from being perceived and used as sexual commodities.<br />The plan is to keep prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation in the forefront of people’s minds and hearts in such a powerful way that the normalization of such exploitation for individual or commercial gain becomes socially, economically, politically, and spiritually unacceptable in our communities, nation, and the world.<br />More than 30 major agencies and experts nationwide have collaborated to develop this first coordinated, collective national plan to focus on prevention to end demand for the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. It supports comprehensive prevention strategies, but pays special attention to primary prevention and positive youth development – actions that take place before child sexual abuse or exploitation has been perpetrated in order to<br />Promote norms that support healthy behaviors, images, and messages<br />Promote policies that advance prevention<br />Support environments and education that promote healthy development, relationships, and sexuality<br />Collaborate with media, industry, and policy makers to develop and implement strategies to prevent child sexual exploitation<br />Reduce the commercial and individual demand for sexual abuse and exploitation of children by countering normalization<br />The plan defines the nature and scope of the problem; acknowledges the need to build on the foundation of existing research, advocacy, and treatment; discusses the value of a national plan; encourages the development of policy; and describes a range of actions from individual to corporate strategies to stop the demand for and prevent child sexual exploitation.<br />

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