When it comes to sexual abuse, t's easy to think "Well, there's really nothing I can do". If you don't have children or grandchildren, you can still help by putting pressure on schools. You can call and find out what there policies are when it comes to reporting child sexual abuse.
They might either tell you, "I'm not sure", or "We report it to our supervisor" (principal, coach, manager, whatever). Those are not acceptable answers. Every employee and teacher in a school should have a clear idea how to take action.
So call and call until they put training and an acceptable policy in writing for employees. Sexual abuse is so pervasive it's must be dealt with. It's always been known pedophiles would try to volunteer or get jobs wherever they can have access to children.
Part of the problem is pedophiles are experts at appearing to be "Mr. Nice Guy", the one least expected. So there's always a feeling of "He wouldn't do something like that because he's an excellent teacher and he just LOVES!!! children". Oh yeah, he does LOVE children. The problem is HIS definition of loving children is totally different from your definition.
So if you have to bug school administrators and school boards to take action, DO IT! You could be saving a child from a horror that will haunt them for the rest of their lives, or even saving them from death.
U of A Adopts Policy For Reporting Child Abuse
The University of Arkansas has created a two-step policy for reporting suspected child abuse on the university's Fayetteville campus.
The policy announced Wednesday calls for a university employee who suspects child abuse, neglect or other maltreatment to first call the state's Child Abuse Hotline - then to notify campus police.
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UALR Ramps Up Training for Staff on Reporting Child Sex Abuse
Since Jerry Sandusky and Penn State hit the headlines, a spotlight's been thrown on university policies to protect kids who come under colleges' care.
"Oh certainly, I mean we were all shocked and saddened by the incidents that happened at Penn State," Hampton said. "It causes all of us to take a step back and look at what we've currently got in place to protect children on our campus."
Questions of training and staff awareness about reporting mandates here in Arkansas have stolen the show, leading to evaluations of what practices are in place right now.
"What are we doing? What can we do? What should we be doing? Have we done all that we can?" Hampton listed the questions UALR has been asking its staff. "And we have found that we need to heighten awareness among our university staffs so they know who to report to and how to report."
The University of Arkansas' Fayetteville campus is the first to put more stringent policies on paper, expanding reporting child abuse to all university employees and volunteers. But UALR is taking the cue by ramping up training for those working in the wings.
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