Most Promising Approaches

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Given that the abuse is occurring in an institutional setting, one of the most promising approaches related to child sexual abuse is for school administrators to have policies, training, rules, etc., that (Audage, 2007):

1. reduce the number of new hires who have histories of sexually abusing children
2. make school a space where it's very difficult for staff to abuse children in the first place
3. make it highly likely staff will get caught and removed from school if they do sexually abuse students

Additionally, school/family/community response must involve providing emotional, psychological, medical, etc. support to the child who has been abused. Often the child's needs are forgotten in the aftermath of sexual abuse. Yet the child is the main person who was harmed by the experience and who is in need of justice, healing, and support.

Finally, primary prevention must always be kept in focus, as the factors that contribute to people sexually abusing children are also correlated with many other negative outcomes and costs on society. As we attempt to reduce the sexual abuse of children we must remember the violence and rape upon which this country was founded, the subsequent abuse of children in Indian Boarding Schools, etc. This history reminds us that in order to effectively prevent child sexual abuse in schools, on a larger level we need societal norms change and a reduction in systems of oppression and privilege.

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