The mission of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse is to support and conduct research, educate and be educated by policymakers and the public, and cultivate partnerships with organizations to develop proven strategies that prevent child sexual abuse.
Our vision is a world without child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a preventable, not inevitable, public health problem. We believe that everyone shares the responsibility for prevention, and everyone benefits when children remain safe from abuse.
The RECAP Framework: A Public Health Perspective
From clean water to safe housing to near-universal immunization, established public health practices dating back to the mid-19th century have delivered longer life, better health and higher quality of living in communities around the world. The same techniques can be applied to the task of preventing child sexual abuse, based on five fundamental steps that have been applied to public health challenges across the U.S. and around the world:
- Research to advance the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, including the development and rigorous evaluation of prevention interventions;
- Education for and from policymakers, funders, advocates, educators, health and social service practitioners, media, parents, and other stakeholders;
- Communication that delivers clear, unbiased, objective information on all aspects of child sexual abuse, including victimization, perpetration, and prevention;
- Advocacy that secures resources and support for evidence-based policies and practices that prevent child sexual abuse;
- Policy efforts that support effective approaches to child sexual abuse prevention.