Educate to protect: young children’s sexual violence prevention •· Websheet [➦]
• People in parental/family roles
• Health, social services and education professionals
• Educational activities
• Practical guide
Release Date and Last Update
2019 (no update as of the review date)
Why prevent sexual violence against young children? Young children are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence because they are dependent on adults to meet their needs, don’t yet know the difference between right and wrong, learn to trust and obey adults, don’t recognize risky situations and can’t always put into words what they are experiencing. We can prevent sexual violence against young children by teaching them simple, concrete concepts that are tailored to their stage of development.
*** Note that this description was written by Marie-Vincent Foundation ***
Marie-Vincent Foundation. (2019). Prevention for young children : educate to protect. https://marie-vincent.org/en/services/prevention-young-children-section/
To Access the Tool
Several themes are addressed by this tool: egalitarian relationships, sex education, disclosures of sexual violence, sexual behaviors and the questions frequently asked by young children. In addition to proposing relevant information on these topics, the tool also presents various activities and discussion tracks for parents and/or education professionals.
Despite the fact that this tool offers interesting avenues of action adapted to the child's development, it has a large deficiency: all the activities and discussions are gendered. All the statements are based on a binary system and children are presented as either boys or girls, which reinforces cisnormativity. Thus, if this tool is used, it would be particularly important to use non-binary language.
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