Work Group 2: Youth Aware and Safe

Overall Target Population: Children and youth; their parents/caretakers; and key professionals that work with children and youth (e.g., teachers, coaches, youth-serving organizations, etc.).

Overall Factors Addressed: Lack of awareness and knowledge of children and youth about enticements and grooming, sexual exloitation under the sexual violence continuum, and how to keep self and peers safe.

Overall Focus of Projects: Increasing awareness and knowledge of children and youth about enticements and grooming, sexual exloitation under the sexual violence continuum, and how to keep self and peers safe.

Project Name: “Child Focused Analysis of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Curricula”

Target Groups: School-aged children and youth, school systems, and youth-serving organizations.

Target Risk Factors Addressed: 1) Vulnerability to Abuse and Exploitation; 2) Lack of Education on Personal Safety and Sexual Abuse/Exploitation Prevention.

Goals and Objectives: 1) To increase knowledge of current programs and what they entail as far as content, age groups, targeted audience, time frame, and the format of the program.; 2) To understand what curriculum, if any, is currently being offered in Georgia schools. 

Project Description: Work Group Two “Youth Aware and Safe” created the “Georgia Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide” to address child sexual abuse and exploitation within the sexual violence continuum.  The guide discusses how schools and youth-serving organizations can engage in strategic, prevention-led approaches. Currently, this prevention guide is being formally presented at several conferences and statewide throughout Georgia to discuss the Task Force’s analysis of child-focused prevention programs; to offer tips on developing a prevention plan under the umbrella of the principles of prevention; discuss how schools and youth serving organizations can identify what sexual abuse and exploitation prevention curricula and activities will work best in their community; and to provide detailed guidelines for implementation and evaluation of prevention programs.