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Let’s focus on working with men and boys
Welcome to this special edition of joint ISPCAN/Augeo Magazine on the prevention of child sexual abuse by working with men and boys. Augeo and The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) consider it is timely to focus on working with men and boys, so that they are part of the solution to preventing this form of abuse from occurring and to treating perpetrators and preventing its recurrence.
Child sexual abuse occurs in all levels of society in all countries in the world. Boys as well as girls are victims, although it seems that boys are less likely than girls to tell someone they are being sexually abused and therefore less likely to receive help. It is everybody’s responsibility to know how to respond to concerns about child sexual abuse and make sure that children boys and girls - get the help they need. In this magazine, victims of child sexual abuse have bravely provided their own testimony about what happened to them, what the barriers were to telling someone who could protect them and what they think would have helped them. This first hand information is crucial when planning and delivering services and teaching professionals how best to intervene.
Given the scale of the problem of child sexual abuse, a major challenge for all countries is how to train an effective work force. All professionals irrespective of their discipline or work setting need to know how to respond to the signs and symptoms and intervene to both protect and prevent the recurrence of child sexual abuse and prevent it happening in the first place. This magazine therefore provides key information about what resources are available. We hope that readers will be encouraged to undertake further learning by accessing these resources and, most importantly, make use of them when planning and delivering therapeutic help to victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse. There are so many excellent programmes and approaches available for use in all settings wherever they may be located in the world. Indeed some of the countries with the least resources are showing the way when it comes to prevention of child sexual abuse through work with men and boys.
Both Augeo Foundation and ISPCAN are committed to facilitating legislators, policy makers and practitioners in their prevention endeavours by providing the most up-to-date research findings and learning opportunities. This magazine draws on a major Denver Thinking Space Report on child sexual abuse published by ISPCAN in 2014, which brings together information about different projects and programmes from around the world. It addresses intervention at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention and where possible presents findings from an evaluation of a programme. This work also supports implementation of the World Health Assembly historic resolution in 2014 “Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children”; and the UN General Comment 13: The right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence.
Jenny Gray, Past President ISPCAN
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ISPCAN and Augeo Foundation share a mission: to empower as many professionals as possible by sharing knowledge on effective ways of tackling violence against children. This online Augeo Magazine focusses on the important issue of working with men and boys in preventing child sexual abuse. Experts from all over the world contributed to an ISPCAN's report on this theme.
We are very proud to have worked together with ISPCAN to produce this online magazine outlining the highlights of the ISPCAN report. We will send a translated Dutch version of the magazine to 40.000 Dutch professionals and we hope we will reach at least as many international ones. Thank you for reading this magazine and we really hope it will contribute to your work.
Empower the professionals
Jenny Gray, Past President ISPCAN
Mariëlle Dekker, director Augeo and managing editor