Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Illuminate Colorado works to ensure that every child grows up healthy and free from sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults.

Our certified staff offer evidence-based training and ongoing support to local organizations and facilitators through the following programs to increase Colorado’s capacity to create safe spaces where children can thrive.

Featured Trainings

Stewards of Children®

If enough adults in a community take this FREE two-hour interactive online training then, together, we can create a new standard of child safety in your community and throughout Colorado. Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed, award-winning two-hour training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Course Details

Created by Darkness 2 Light, and managed in Colorado by Illuminate Colorado,  Stewards of Children® is the only evidence-informed, adult-focused child sexual abuse prevention training in the United States proven to increase knowledge and change behavior.

Perfect for any adult who cares about the well-being of children in your community.

  • Parents
  • Employees
  • Babysitters
  • Volunteers with youth-serving organizations
  • Sports leagues
  • Day care centers
  • After school programs
  • Children’s clubs
  • Church groups
  • Every adult in every community

You will learn:

  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from child sexual abuse.
  • The importance of talking about the prevention of child sexual abuse with children as well as your coworkers and neighbors.
  • The types of situations in which child sexual abuse can occur.
  • Signs of child sexual abuse in order to intervene and react responsibly.
  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse in Colorado today.

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Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children

A perfect training for professionals wanting a deeper understanding of normal, problematic and abusive sexual behaviors. Learn how to use universal goals to promote health, prevent perpetration of abuse and intervene to prevent reinforcement of chronic abusive acting out.

Course Details

Created by Gail Ryan at the Kempe Center, Illuminate Colorado is certified to offer this training to help others learn how to use universal goals to promote health, prevent perpetration of abuse and intervene to prevent reinforcement of chronic abusive acting out.

Lines in the Sand: Identifying and Addressing Boundary Violations

By setting clear boundaries and limits, we can reduce the risk of child sexual abuse. Clear boundaries and limits are something we learn over time, through interaction and accepted patterns of behavior. How do we ensure that when our boundaries, or those of children and youth are violated, we stop a negative pattern of behavior from being normalized? Through education, vigilance and clear communication, we can minimize opportunity for child and youth victimization. This course will increase understanding of your own boundaries and prepare you to set clear expectations that lead to greater community safety.

Course Details

Illuminate Colorado receives funding from the Colorado Department of Early Childhood to develop a spectrum of trainings to support community members in reducing the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse. Lines in the Sand: Identifying and Addressing Boundary Violations was developed to add to the spectrum of Child Sexual Abuse prevention courses available in the community. This course provides important context about setting boundaries and identifying behaviors that have been identified within the sexual grooming model.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize important types of boundaries for physical safety
  • Identify grooming behavior patterns that can lead to sexual abuse
  • Respond to boundary violations and articulate clear boundaries and expectations

Total class time: 2 hours
All deliveries are currently virtual via Zoom.

What to Expect When Talking the "Talk"

This course is designed to support caregivers, parents, and educators in becoming an askable adult through increased understanding of how to support positive sexual development in toddlers, children and youth. From exploring how development progresses, to knowing how to respond to questions that make you squirm, we will focus on how your role in a child’s life and your influence can impact a child’s sexual development, even before you think it is time for “the TALK.”

Course Details

After participating in the class, learners will:

  • be able to identify how their own sense of self influences the messages they share about sexual development.
  • have an accurate understanding of what information is beneficial for youth to have around their sexual development
  • be prepared to have crucial conversations about sexual development

Total Class Time: 4 hours
All deliveries are currently virtual via Zoom.
The training can be delivered as one 4 hr session or as two 2 hour sessions, depending on need.

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Coloradans Who Need to Be Trained

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Together, we can reach a tipping point in Colorado where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

If enough adults in a community take a FREE two-hour interactive online training then, together, we can create a new standard of child safety in your community and throughout Colorado.

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