While US attention of late has focused on the Penn State-Sandusky case, Stop It Now! has continued actively sharing our expertise globally through conference presentations, joint research, and learning partnerships in emerging countries.
Our international work is built on the foundation of our US community based prevention programming, which recognizes the need for adapting prevention initiatives to the specific contexts and interests of communities. Read on for updates and highlights from that work.
Partnering for prevention
Since 2009 Stop It Now! has been extending our work globally, with generous support from theOak Foundation (Geneva), a leading foundation funding child abuse prevention work. We have increased our global presence through online channels, and participation in key meetings and networks. We have benefited greatly in so many ways.If you are working on child sexual abuse prevention outside the US, especially in a less-industrialized country, please tell us more about your work.
Help us build our database of resources for child sexual abuse prevention. Contact us to share information about organizations, websites, publications, campaigns or videos we should know about.
Presentation on Culturally Informed Partnerships
This spring, Stop It Now! presented in Accra, Ghana at theSecond International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse. This conference is organized by the African Movement for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (AMPCAN) and the African Network for the Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPCAN).
Sarita Hudson, who leads our NGO partnerships in emerging countries, organized the plenary and workshop presentations on Culturally Informed Partnering for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Across Continents. In addition to providing an introduction to the Stop It Now! approach to child sexual abuse prevention, panelists from Colombia, Kenya and Nigeria shared their work with Stop It Now!, including results from self-study analyses, focus groups, and prevention project interventions.
Contact us if you are interested in collaborating internationally.
Visits from India, Pakistan & Nigeria
Our relationships with non-governmental organizations (NGO) who are leaders on child sexual abuse prevention in their respective countries enrich and deepen our work.
We are currently hosting Princess Olufemi-Kayode of Media Concern for Women and Children (MediaCon), our NGO partner in Nigeria. This visit is important for our ongoing collaboration, including our Helpline training of their sexual violence helpline.
Other recent visitors to the Stop It Now! offices included:
Every exchange and working relationship we build teaches us more about the great need and potential to link up innovative child sexual abuse prevention initiatives around the world. Thank you for making Stop It Now! (USA) a stop on your international itinerary!
Contact us if you will be in our part of the world - or to find out when we might be in yours.
With donations from the City of Amsterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Health, the Netherlands Helpline was launched in May and has already received calls. Donald Findlater, Director of Stop it Now! UK and Ireland presented at the launch.
There are now three Helplines (US, UK, Netherlands) where adults can have a safe and confidential conversations with trained professionals who provide balanced information, practical resources and support to keep children safe from sexual abuse.
Q:My granddaughter is 12 and just starting to mature physically. Recently in 3 different settings, my husband has taken her by the hand and led her away from the group. I felt concerned immediately because it was a new behavior. Is this a red flag for possible abuse?
A: Your husband's behavior could indeed be a warning signthat a child is at-risk. One warning sign does not always mean that a child is at-risk, instead it's important to notice whether there are patterns or repetition, and whether there are additional signs. Read more...