Sexual abuse continues to be a trending claims area for nonprofits, religious institutions, and educational institutions. The statistics are staggering; 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually molested before their 18th birthday. Sexual abuse occurs among all groups of society and does not discriminate based on race, education, or socioeconomic status.
In most cases, the abuser is known by the minor:
• 29% relatives
• 60% acquaintances (including teachers, coaches, clergy, family friends)
• Just 11% strangers
Although no risk management plan can completely prevent a sexual abuse incident or allegation – taking steps to prevent the risk or respond appropriate once an event occurs is essential. Here are some basic tips:
• Get to know volunteers for at least 6 months before allowing them to work with minors
• 2 Adult Rule of having at least two unrelated adults in any room with children at all times
• All doors where minors are cared for should have a window to look into or be left open
• Restrict one-on-one counseling sessions whenever possible
• Run national background checks on all employees and volunteers with access to minors.
Below are some resources in how to properly safeguard your operation and properly respond to an event. We encourage our clients to take full advantage of these resources to protect minors.
Preventing Sexual Misconduct Packet
Sample Protection Plan
Sample Youth Worker Application
Sample Reference Check
Sample Response Plan
Sample Incident Report
Responding to an Allegation of Child Sexual Abuse
For more information call 951.485.4108.