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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs: What Makes Them Effective in Protecting Children?

Kraizer, Sherryll; Witte, Susan S.; Freyer, George E.

Child sexual abuse prevention programs have proliferated over the past several years. Many of these program approaches, which include plays, games and videos, are visually appealing and highly entertaining, and parents and teachers have widely embraced them. However, despite the popularity of such programs, little effort has been made to evaluate their effectiveness in changing children's behavior. As a result of participation in a sexual abuse prevention program, has a child's vulnerability to abuse been reduced, for example, or has his or her sense of personal safety been enhanced?

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July 19, 2012
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