"...no child should go through this at all - no family should go through this alone"
The child depicted above is a volunteer model and not an actual victim. We are gratful for her participation and we thank her parents who gave us permission to use her picture.
Word and Action, Inc. (W&A) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to prevent and/or decrease the occurrence of child sexual abuse in our community. W&A promotes a culturally-based approach to child sexual abuse prevention and treatment. W&A expands its partnership and network nationally and internationally.
Present a culturally-based approach to sexual abuse prevention. Word and Action has developed a unique program, Strengthening the Family, aims to prevent and/or decrease the occurrence of sexual abuse in our community.
VISION & VALUES
W&A is dedicated to respecting, honoring, protecting, and healing the children and families we serve.
The children and family that benefit from our services learn safety measures against sexual predators. Also, they learn how to cope with the trauma related to child sexual abuse.
The victims' relatives are not only educated about the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, but also the most effective ways to protect their children.
SERVICES & PROGRAMS
They were just little boys when they were sexually abused by a grown man for a period of 10 years. Today, they will be receiving the psychosocial support that they need because of you. Thank you !
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child Sexual Abuse is defined as any and all sexual contact between an adult and a child. This includes physical acts such as: fondling, inappropriate touching, rape or attempted rape, or using a child to create pornography. Sexual abuse acts can also be nonphysical. For example, incident exposure, talk about sex designed to chock a child, or allowing a child to watch or hear sexual acts or materials. Sexual contact between two juveniles can also be abusive if there is a significant different in age, development size. Sexual abuse involves a sexual activity with a child where consent is not or cannot be given.
People who abuse children look and act just like everyone else. In fact, they often go out of their way to appear trustworthy to gain access to children.
Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who “tell” and are nor believed may be at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems often lasting into adulthood.
More than 90% of children who are sexually abused know their abusers. This means fewer that 10% of abusers are strangers.
One study showed that among male survivors, more than 80% had a history of substance abuse, 50% had suicidal thoughts, more than 20% had attempted suicide, and almost 70% had received psychological treatment. Approximately 30% violently victimized others.
As many as 60% are abused by people the family trusts. Abusers often try to form a trusting relationship with parents.