Prevention, within the context of ATSA, refers to efforts to stop the perpetration of unhealthy, harmful, dangerous, and illegal sexually oriented behaviors and actions that victimize others.

The goal of prevention is to identify the factors that contribute to – and inhibit – sexual abuse, and use that information to stop sexual abuse before it can begin. These factors are often referred to as “risk” and “protective” factors for perpetration. It also is important to understand the risk and protective factors for victimization. A sound, comprehensive, prevention program enhances and assists protective factors and reduces (and in many cases, eliminates) the identified risk factors.

For more information about sexual abuse prevention, read What is prevention?

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.

Read the Six Pillars for Prevention 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,[1] 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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