Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Primer for Parents and Caretakers













By: Victor I. Vieth 23 and Alison Feigh 24

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The trial of Jerry Sandusky has caused parents and others entrusted with the care of children to ask a number of questions about child sexual abuse and about the role of parents in keeping children safe. Some of the common questions parents have asked the National Child Protection Training Center, and our answers, are below.

Notes:

  1. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  2. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  3. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  4. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  5. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  6. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  7. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  8. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  9. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  10. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  11. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  12. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  13. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  14. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  15. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  16. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  17. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  18. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  19. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  20. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  21. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  22. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.
  23. Mr. Vieth is Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth prosecuted child abuse cases in the state of Minnesota from 1988-1997. Since that time, he has provided training and technical assistance to child abuse investigators and prosecutors from around the country. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the subject of child abuse and currently directs two national, federally funded child protection programs.
  24. Ms. Feigh is the Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. She has been working professionally in missing and exploited children prevention and advocacy since 2000.