Recently ATSA went through an intensive strategic planning process involving our membership, key stakeholders and our board of directors. The results of our process emphasized that ATSA members share a deep commitment to all aspects of the prevention of sexual abuse. Although the majority of our work has focused on research, management, and treatment of those individuals who have already abused, ATSA members have a clear dedication to increasing our understanding and influence of those factors that increase the risk of sexual abuse happening before an offence is ever perpetrated.
As well, although ATSA members endorsed a strong desire to collaborate and strengthen efforts of other organizations dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse, often the expertise of those working in the research, treatment and management of individuals who sexually abuse was not seen being sought by our partners in the field of sexual abuse prevention.
In response to these factors, in 2010 the ATSA Board of Directors formed the ATSA Prevention Committee. The goals of the ATSA Prevention committee are to:
- Provide ATSA member’s with resources to use in their prevention work
- Increase collaboration with key stakeholders on a local and national level
- Advocate for evidence informed research, policy and management of individual at risk to sexually abuse or who have perpetrated a sexual offence
- Provide community members information and resources to help engage others in the prevention of sexual abuse.