Welcome to the second installment of the 2024 Blog Series: The Spectrum of Prevention in Action!

Over the course of the year, join us as we take a deep dive into each component of the Spectrum of Prevention – Supporting Families through Direct Service, Building Public Awareness, Educating Communities & Professionals, Fostering Networks, and Influencing Policy – and how the Spectrum comes to life in Illuminate’s work

Used nationally to address complex public issues, the Spectrum of Prevention outlines a range of prevention strategies across different levels of influence within a community or society. Illuminate’s programs and initiatives strategically span an adapted version of the Spectrum of Prevention, ensuring a holistic and lasting approach to building brighter childhoods. By adapting and employing the Spectrum of Prevention, we can target prevention efforts at various levels, from building individual knowledge and skills to influencing policies and legislation.

Learn more about Illuminate’s Strategies & Frameworks.

Today, let’s explore how Tip Colorado focuses on educating communities and professionals to prevent child sexual abuse.

Educating Communities & Professionals focuses on training and educating communities and professionals who work with children and families. By sharing knowledge and best practices, we can equip communities and professionals with the skills to safeguard children. In 2020, Illuminate created Tip Colorado to empower adults to protect children in every community in Colorado from experiencing child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is a major public health concern in Colorado communities. National experts estimate that one in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18¹, and 90% of children who experience sexual abuse know their abuser².

The good news? We know that child sexual abuse is preventable. 

It is up to us as adults to create communities that all children deserve–ones where they can grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, adults need to take greater responsibility to educate themselves on how to create safer communities where everyone is actively thinking about how to prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse. If enough adults in a community take a FREE live, interactive online training then we can create a new standard of child safety throughout Colorado. Together, we can reach a tipping point where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

What is your community tipping point?

This map, last updated in June 2023, reflects how many of the individuals who have been trained reported that they live or work in a particular county. Since there are three qualifying child sexual abuse prevention trainings, numbers may be duplicated if an individual has taken more than one of the trainings. Kiowa County has already reached the tipping point!

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Help Colorado Reach the Tipping Point

Since the creation of Tip Colorado, Illuminate, along with local facilitators, has trained over 10,000 people. Thanks in large part to support from the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund in the Department of Early Childhood, all Coloradans can currently take these three trainings FREE in-person or online.

Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand: Indentifying and Addressing Boundary Violations provides important context about setting boundaries and identifying behaviors that have been identified within the sexual grooming model.

What to Expect When Talking the "Talk"

What to Expect When Talking the “Talk”: Preparing for Conversations about Sexual Development throughout Childhood provides important information about apporaching conversations that impact positive sexual development.

Stewards of Children®

Stewards of Children® is a trauma and evidence-informed training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

 

“Each training is strength-based, discussion-focused, and aims to increase confidence and knowledge on how we each play a role in preventing child sexual abuse.”

Anne Auld

Deputy Director, Illuminate Colorado

While Educating Communities & Professionals is just one part of the Spectrum of Prevention, it is an incredibly important one. With the correct education, skills, and guidance, all of our communities can become safe spaces where children and families thrive.

Explore Upcoming Trainings!

Citations

1. Townsend, C. & Rheingold, A.A. (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: A review of child sexual abuse prevalence studies. Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light. Retrieved from www.D2L.org.

2. Finkelhor, D. (2012). Characteristics of crimes against juveniles. Durham, NH: Crimes against Children Research Center.

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