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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.


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 Services (CDHS) Report Abuse and Neglect
  • Contact information listed by county to report child abuse or neglect.
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.
NEW 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
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Sex Misconduct Haunts Schools
  • Published in the Denver Post, November 21, 2012.
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.


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)  
  • 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.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)  
NEW 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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