Step Up: Protect Kids from Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a serious problem. It happens more often than most people think, can have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts, and is most often committed by those we know and trust.

Keeping Children Safe From Sexual Abuse

Learn about the steps we can all take to help keep children safe from child sexual abuse. The links below take you to sections of a guide produced by DCF.

  • Take responsibility for protecting children.

    As adults, we are all responsible for keeping children safe from sexual predators. We are their first line of defense.

  • Educate yourself.

    Knowing the facts can help you keep children safe (e.g., what child sexual abuse is, how often it happens, who abusers are, how it happens, and what to look for).

  • Plan ahead for your children's safety.

    Create and implement a plan based on factors that can increase or decrease the likelihood of abuse.

  • Talk about it.

    Talking to your children about healthy sexuality and personal safety are important parts of prevention. It’s also important to talk to other adults. It can help raise the consciousness of your community and influence choices about child safety

  • Take action when something seems wrong.

    Learn what to do and who to call if you notice inappropriate behavior or suspect abuse.

  • Find Resources.

    Get connected to local, regional and statewide resources.