ecently 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.
In this interview with Maia Christopher, Executive Director of ATSA and David Prescott, Immediate Past President of ATSA, PreventConnect's David Lee discusses how ATSA has focused on sexual violence prevention and will highlight the prevention related activities at ATSA's 29th Annual Conference.
The Work of ATSA to Prevent Sexual Abuse
In this interview with Sally Thigpen and Joan Tabachnick, co-chairs of ATSA's Prevention Committee, PreventConnect's David Lee discusses the results of a recent survey of ATSA membership about their interest, experiences and opportunities for primary prevention of sexual violence
Collaborating with ATSA for Prevention
These select handouts from ATSA's Research and Treatment conference focus on the latest prevention theory and treatment.
- Talking About Prevention
- Sometimes it’s not the Picture, it’s the Frame (PDF / PPT)
- View Select Conference Handouts
Other Prevention Publications
- Talking about Prevention
- Sexual Violence Prevention Fact Sheet
- Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Youth-serving Organizations (CDC, 2007)
- Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach (Prevention Institute, 2009)
- Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue (CDC, 2004)
The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation
ATSA is a member of The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation. The Coalition is formed of more than 30 major agencies and experts that 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. Join ATSA in preventing child sexual exploitation--please download the National Plan and distribute the document to family and community members.
Read the National Plan Press Release here.
National Plan Excerpt: The National Plan explains the multiple areas of trauma associated with sexual abuse and exploitation (CSA/E) as well as the frequency of CSA/E and the economic impact, including increased health care and interdiction costs. The report shows that CSA/E often happen in conjunction with other types of abuse and violence, and can have long-term, psychological impacts. The National Plan identifies action steps in several key areas, including research, ending the public demand for sexual exploitation, increasing public awareness and collaborative practices and funding.
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The Prevention Committee of ATSA and the NSVRC have been working together to be able to move some of the media attention surrounding the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach at Penn State, towards prevention.