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When, where and how abuse occurs
Last month you learned child sexual abuse often occurs at the hands of seemingly trustworthy and likeable people. This month, you’ll learn about when, where and how abuse occurs. Through the grooming process, offenders regularly interact with children and take advantage of opportunities to get a child alone. By recognizing high-risk environments for abuse - such as in locker rooms and during local and overnight travel - we can help minimize opportunities for predators to isolate children and ultimately help prevent child sexual abuse.

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July webinar: An athlete's journey
On July 26, join 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison for an in-depth discussion about where, when and how abuse occurs. Harrison, who for several years was abused by her former coach, will share her story and field questions from the audience. Learn about Harrison’s journey and recovery through sport, and come prepared with questions.

Date: July 26
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Cost: Free

Register today>>

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Miss one of our webinars?
No problem. The following webinars are recorded and available online:

* In May, Cindy McElhinney with Darkness to Light kicked off the webinar series by helping us understand the basics of child sexual abuse.

* Last month, Dr. Anna Salter, a leading expert on sexual abuse, described who sexual offenders are and how they fool people. 

Access our May webinar>>

Access our June webinar>>

 

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The grooming process

Grooming is the process by which an offender creates and maintains a sexual relationship with a child. The process involves a carefully planned and gradual process, which can be described in the following stages:

1: Targeting the victim
2: Gaining the victim’s trust
3: Fulfilling a need
4: Isolating the child
5: Sexualizing the relationship
6: Maintaining control

Offenders also groom parents and the community to gain one-on-one access to children.

Learn more about the grooming process>>

 

Last Month/Up Next
June 2013: Who offends
August 2013: Recognizing the risks for abuse


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Featured Speaker: Olympic champion Kayla Harrison
During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Kayla Harrison became the first American in history to win Olympic gold in the sport of judo. But, her life-long journey to the podium included a struggle that no athlete or youth should have to endure. At age 16, Harrison revealed that her former coach had sexually abused her for years. Through discipline and perseverance, she fought through pain both on and off the mat, transformed herself into a world-class athlete and ultimately found a way to heal through sport.

Read more about Harrison's journey >>

 

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