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Adult Sexual Misconduct & Child Abuse

Adult Sexual Misconduct in Schools: Prevention and Management Training offered by CSSRC
  • Contact CSSRC at 303-239-4435 to request a NO COST training session at your school.
  • This two-hour video based training will be conducted using the REMS TA Center curriculum and materials.
  • As part of an all-hazards emergency management plan, school districts must prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from critical incidents. This includes incidents of adult sexual misconduct. It is critical that all school personnel demonstrate appropriate behavior in order to prevent incidents or allegations of sexual misconduct. The school community needs to be prepared to recognize questionable behavior and respond appropriately if sexual misconduct is suspected. Finally, by working together, schools need to understand how to recover following an incident or allegation of sexual misconduct.
  • Click HERE to view the training flyer.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Child Maltreatment Prevention
  • Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of abuse:
    • Physical Abuse
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Emotional Abuse
    • Neglect
  • CDC's research and programs work to understand the problem of child maltreatment and prevent it before it begins.
  • Child Maltreatment Facts at a Glance, published 2013
  • Understanding Child Maltreatment, published 2013
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
  • CCASA promotes safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence.  Provides research, resources, and training to enable Colorado communities to believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.

  • Youth and Adolescents resources

  • Teen Toolkit: Resources Regarding Consent, Confidentiality, Access, and Service Provision for Victims of Sexual Violence Who are Minors

    • This Toolkit, published in 2013, is designed to help Colorado victim advocates, case managers, guidance counselors, educators, medical providers and youth-serving professionals determine the most effective responses for working with survivors of sexual assault/abuse who are teenagers. In some situations, it may be appropriate to share this Toolkit with teens. This Toolkit is not a substitute for legal advice, but rather should be used to provide guidelines while informing agency policies around advocacy, counseling, and medical services for minors as it relates to sexual violence or sexual abuse.

    • Because of the startling prevalence of sexual assault and abuse within the teenage demographic, it is imperative that all youth-serving professionals are able to recognize, respond compassionately, and refer these cases to the appropriate services.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Child Abuse and Neglect Resources
  • Resources from Colorado State Government Agencies relating to child abuse and neglect.
Colorado Department of Human Service (CDHS)
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: The Medical Provider’s Role in Identification, Assessment and Treatment 
Denver Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) 
  • The Denver Children's Advocacy Center works to improve the lives of children traumatized by sexual abuse and violence -- as well as those who are at high risk -- with prevention, education, and direct services.  Their mission is to prevent abuse, strengthen families and restore childhood.
Federal Agencies Can Better Support State Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse by School Personnel 
  • Published January 2014 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) 
  • Federal agencies aren't doing enough to track incidents of sexual abuse committed by school personnel and should better educate districts and states about how to handle such cases, congressional investigators say. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, challenges the departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Justice to do more.
Helpful Hints: Educator Sexual Misconduct: What School Staff Need to Know and Do
  • Published in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
  • Defines educator sexual misconduct; provides guidelines for appropriate and inappropriate behavior in adult-student interactions; and addresses prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery relating to educator sexual misconduct.
Inappropriate Touching
National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4) 
  • NIS–4 data, collected in 2005 and 2006 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, provide updated estimates of the number of children who are abused or neglected. NIS-4 data combine information about children whose incidence rates of maltreatment was investigated by child protective services with data on maltreated children identified by professionals. NIS-4 also provides information on the nature and severity of the maltreatment , as well as the characteristics of children, perpetrators, and families involved.
  • Full Report to Congress, January 2010
NEW NotAlone.gov
  • Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.
  • Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault    
  • Published April 2014 by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assualt
  • One in five women is sexually assaulted in college. Most often, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened. Many survivors are left feeling isolated, ashamed or to blame. Although it happens less often, men, too, are victims of these crimes.
  • President Obama created the Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault to turn this tide. As the name of our new website – NotAlone.gov – indicates, we are here to tell sexual assault survivors that they are not alone. And we’re also here to help schools live up to their obligation to protect students from sexual violence.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Sex Misconduct Haunts Schools
  • Published in the Denver Post, November 21, 2012.
Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities: A National Snapshot
  • Publisehd March 2013 by the Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Victimization and Safety
  • Children with disabilities are three times more likely than children without them to be victims of sexual abuse, and the likelihood is even higher for children with certain types of disabilities, such as intellectual or mental health disabilities.
  • These children are also less likely to receive victim services and supports that are more readily available to other victims because of a variety of factors including barriers to reporting and a lack of responses tailored to meet their unique needs. Without receiving support, these children suffer serious long-term aftereffects, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression, as well as an increased risk of victimization in adulthood.
NEW Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Students with Special Needs: Crafting an Effective Response for Schools
  • Published in 2014 in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, V17, I1
  • To develop a more successful method of preventing and responding to the harassment of and assaults against vulnerable students, there is a need to develop a holistic approach. Ideally, such an approach would consider the needs of the individual child and strike a balance between encouraging healthy sexual development and preventing harassment and assault. This piece explores these problems and suggests a framework for schools to better prevent and remedy the sexual harassment and assault of students with special needs, including: targeted education on sexuality and relationships; an emphasis on social mainstreaming and inclusion; training staff to identify students experiencing harassment and assault who may have difficulty reporting due to the nature of their disabilities; instructing staff to supervise vulnerable children, and punishing those who fail to do so; requiring teacher intervention; refraining from the punishment of complainants; and putting the burden of relief on the accused, not the complainant.
Sexual Misconduct Plagues US Schools
  • Published in the Washington Post, October 21, 2007.
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter, April 4, 2011
  • Education has long been recognized as the great equalizer in America. The U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) believe that providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination is extremely important. The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.

  • NEW Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence, April 2014


Mandatory Reporting

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health 
  • The Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health Project in Colorado (Building Bridges) is designed to build a statewide system to support and sustain the integration of public schools and local behavioral health systems that will lead to increased access to behavioral health services and improved outcomes for school-aged children.
  • Mandated Reporting Tip Sheet 
Colorado Department of Education (CDE)  
Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)  
  • Mandatory Reporters
    • List of roles that are considered to be mandatory reporters of childe abuse and neglect
  • Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect    Please report abuse or neglect to your local county department of social services.  Their phone number and office information can be found at the above link.  If this is after normal business hours or is an emergency please call 911.
  • NEW Training for Mandatory Reporters
    • Released May 2014, this online training series is for individuals who are mandated by law to make reports of child abuse and/or neglect
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)  
New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research 
  • Published September 2013 by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine.
  • Each year, child protective services receive reports of child abuse and neglect involving six million children, with many more unreported cases. The long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect are not relegated to only the victim – they also impact their families, future relationships, and society. It is a complex societal problem that requires a comprehensive response.
  • This report concludes that while there has been great progress in child abuse and neglect research, a coordinated, national research infrastructure with high-level federal support needs to be established and implemented immediately. The report identifies four areas to look to in developing this coordinated research enterprise: a national strategic plan, a national surveillance system, a new generation of researchers, and changes in federal and state programmatic and policy response.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway  
  • The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
  • Educators' Toolkit 


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