Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

photo Amy Braswell © 2009 Albany Park Theater Project

“For those of us working on the show, I hope that one of the things that we’re doing with REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS [the play based on Marlin’s story], is chipping away at that sense of taboo that you don’t talk about this, and I hope that for our audiences, we can chip away at that as well.”

David Feiner

CSA is one of the most pervasive and persistent forms of violence without regard to nation, race, class, religion, gender or culture. CSA cuts across all cultures, socio-economic groups, races, and religions.  No child in any part of the world is safe from being sexually abused by adults.

  • Most people know someone who has been sexually abused and, whether we are aware of it or not, many of us know someone who has sexually abused children.
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 300,000 children are sexually abused each year. 30 – 45 percent of women and 13 – 16 percent of men report being sexually abused before age 18.
  • An estimated 60 million survivors, their families and communities are living with the potential fallout: increased rates of depression, anxiety and isolation, abusive adult relationships, hyper vigilance and a decreased ability to trust, physical and mental illness, harmful drug use, incarceration, adult sexual assault, employment difficulties, and lower economic status.

Stop It Now

Ms Foundation: Building a Movement to End Child Sexual Abuse

Ms Foundation publication: Beyond Surviving

UNICEF report on prevalence of child sexual abuse worldwide

Generation Five

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse and want help or counseling, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE, go to, or contact your local rape crisis center.