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Movement to End Child Sexual Abuse Comes to Missouri

Earlier this month, in a press conference held at the Missouri State Capital, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children officially released its final report. The 29 page report details twenty-two recommendations in seven subject areas. The Task Force consisted of fourteen individuals, and during the course of 2012 conducted public hearings, receiving testimony from thirty-five experts.

National studies suggest twenty-five percent of girls and sixteen percent of boys experience sexual abuse during childhood years.  “Addressing child sexual abuse and meeting our duty to protect children demands the cooperation and action of individuals, organizations, elected officials and the General Assembly,” said Joy Oesterly, Task Force Presiding Officer and Executive Director of Missouri KidsFirst, at the press conference.

A full copy of the Task Force report is available at: www.missourikidsfirst.org.  Missourians who are interested in assisting the Task Force in implementing the recommendations of the report should contact Missouri KidsFirst at 573-632-4600.

Over the last year PreventConnect has collaborated with the Ms. Foundation for Women to sponsor a series of web conferences on ending child sexual abuse. These conferences served as an online forum for professionals from around the nation to share insights on what it takes to build a movement to end child sexual abuse. Recordings and materials are free and available to the public.