-Learn the risk factors and protective factors of child abuse and neglect. Check out the CDC’s information around those factors here.
-Watch this short video from Face It to learn the signs of child abuse and neglect and how to report suspected abuse.
-Attend a free Face It training for youth-serving organizations in Louisville. This includes organizations such as youth sports, faith-based organizations, community centers, youth development/enrichment centers and those who serve vulnerable populations.
-Make sure your program requires criminal background checks, personal interviews, and professional recommendations for all adults
who work with youth.
-Assess your organization for risk of child sexual abuse with Darkness 2 Light. Reduce or prevent isolated, one-on-one situations between youth and adults to help reduce the risk of sexual abuse.
-Get out into your community and participate in local events hosted by organizations who provide services you support. This allows you to get to know your community members and build relationships with your neighbors.
-Volunteer with a Face It partner.
-Interested in advocating for change in state laws or regulations? Check out the Face It policy agenda.
Look for any bruising on a baby who is not yet pulling up and taking steps; bruising to the ears, neck, torso, buttocks, or genitals of any child under four years; unexplained injuries on children of any age.
Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).
Children are afraid to tell about their abuse because they feel ashamed, don’t want the abuser to hurt them, don’t want to cause stress for their caregivers, or don’t want their abuser to go to jail.