Through education and empowerment, we work to ensure that every child grows up healthy and free from Child Sexual Abuse.
Child sexual abuse occurs across every socioeconomic status.
It is not defined by gender, race, or ability. In order to keep Colorado kids safe, educating adults on their shared responsibility of providing safe environments is crucial for children to grow up free from all types of abuse.
The statistics are staggering - about one in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Learn more about child sexual abuse - Frequently Asked Questions.
Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (NHSD) is a 2 – 3 hour introductory workshop developed to foster healthy, nurturing relationships that support the healthy growth and development of children. Designed for all community members working with children. Learn more...
Stewards of Children, a program of Darkness to Light
The Stewards of Children program will increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors. This program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children. It is also appropriate for youth-serving organizations and personnel. Learn more...
Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
In this course, learners acknowledge and discuss the barriers to recognizing and responding to abusive situations. With an overarching goal of keeping kids safe and abuse free, this training provides an opportunity for groups to come together and discuss the issue of child sexual abuse and its prevention. Learn more...
Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children
In this course, created by Gail Ryan of the Kempe Center's Perpetration Prevention Program, participants will learn to distinguish between normal, problematic and abusive sexual behaviors. Participants will also learn how to use universal goals to promote health and to prevent perpetration of abuse, and how to intervene to prevent reinforcement of chronic abusive acting out.
Legislative Priority Area
In 2015, Senator Linda Newell passed Senate Bill 2015-20 to requiring the Colorado School Safety Resource Center to provide materials and training to personnel in school districts and charter schools, parents, and students regarding the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse and assault. It also encouraged each school district, as a part of their Safe School Plan, to adopt a Child Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Plan, including in a plan for delivery of a comprehensive, age-appropriate curricula for Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
Illuminate Colorado, and members of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition, are hoping to pass similar legislation in the future to require training on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Early Childhood settings, as it is estimated that 30% of Child Sexual Abuse cases involve children under the age 6.
Colorado Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition
Illuminate Colorado leads the Colorado Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition, which was formed in 2015.
The Coalition meets quarterly - next meeting is September 21st, 2017. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Emily White.
In 2016, Illuminate Colorado completed an Environmental Scan of Child Sexual Prevention efforts in Colorado, with the support of the CSA Prevention Coalition.
Key recommendations include:
- Develop a shared understanding of child sexual abuse in Colorado.
- Establish coalition to expand Erin's Law in Colorado.
- Utilize research based, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive child and youth sexual abuse prevention programs.
- Increase understanding among adults regarding healthy sexual development across the lifespan.