Prevention Partnerships with Catholic Archdioceses and Dioceses:

Since 2005, Child Lures Prevention has worked in partnership with many Catholic Archdioceses and Dioceses to help them fulfill the obligations set forth in Article 9 and Article 12 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth People, adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June, 2002. Since that time, the Catholic Church has equipped 5.7 million children across the United States with the skills to help protect themselves from sexual abuse.

The Think First & Stay Safe School Program is being used in parochial schools and religious education classes across the United States to fulfill safe environment programming needs. Because child sexual abuse is a societal problem, and not a church problem, the program focuses on behaviors of all sexual offenders. A separate spiritual component compliments each lesson plan.

Prevention Education Begins at Home

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Child Lures Prevention

As parents, one of the most important responsibilities we have is to keep our children safe and happy. When it comes to their personal safety, the best way to prevent child exploitation is to have open, honest discussions on a regular basis. These conversations begin at home.

Child Lures Prevention’s 30 years of research shows the same lures have been used by sexual offenders generation after generation to exploit our nation’s youth. Today, these lures are also used electronically, but their essence remains the same. The Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide is an invaluable resource to prevent crimes against children.

Parent Resource: 

Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide

Talking about sexual exploitation is an uncomfortable subject for most parents and caregivers. The illustrated Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide is designed with this in mind. The Parent Guide gives parents and guardians current, relevant personal safety information – including proven prevention strategies – to sit down and share with youngsters. The Parent Guide provides the words and illustrations to ease personal safety discussions.

The Parent Guide is heralded by parents, educators and law enforcement alike as the ultimate resource for keeping youngsters safe from sexual exploitation. It also comprehensively addresses abduction, Internet luring, bullying, harassment (electronic and offline), drugs, and school violence. The Guide is continually updated to reflect the latest issues and safety concerns facing today’s youngsters.

The Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide includes:

  • Helpful Safety Tips for parents and caregivers
  • Explaining the concept of law to children
  • Debunking the Stranger/Danger Myth
  • Detailed explanations of the 16 lures commonly used by child molesters & abductors
  • Evidence-based prevention strategies for each lure
  • Essential Online/Electronic safety information & family safety pact
  • Strategies to combat bullying, sexual harassment, school violence, & bias crimes
  • Drug resistance education, as it relates to personal safety
  • What to Do if Your Child Discloses Sexual Abuse
  • What to Do if Your Child is Missing

View Parent Guide Sample

By reading the Parent Guide and having face-to-face discussions with children, we can change the unacceptable current statistics: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited by the time they graduate from high school. The good news is that many of these crimes are preventable with increased awareness and knowledge of sexual offender behaviors.