As a community, how do we end the stigma of child sexual abuse? It is a very hard topic to navigate given societal constructs & point of view & yet it is an epidemic that must be address. 90% of the offenders are people that children know. These offenders are people that have been sexual abused themselves as children. So how do we break this cycle? Most importantly, how much responsibility & accountability should a community assume to prevent child sexual abuse?
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month A few stats from the Crimes Against Children Research Center: -1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse -Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident -During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized (and 28% of them over a lifetime). -Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13. Our Mission for 2019: -Continued Speaking Engagements Workshops (Founders are Facilitator certified) -Finishing & Publishing our flagship book -Creating New Art Events -Creating Fundraisers & Sponsorship Programs -Create advertisement campaigns -Continued Speaking Engagements -Cross-Country Book Tour -Continuing our Monthly Music Event -Starting our podcast -Expanding our coffee roasting operations -Further cultivating our space as a community coffee house (the fresh roasted coffee is always free!)