The mission of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse is to support and conduct research that betters our understanding of child sexual abuse, educate 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. At the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, we know this kind of abuse is preventable, not inevitable, which is why our work centers on developing strong prevention strategies. 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 US 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 policymakers, funders, advocates, educators, health and social service practitioners, media, parents and other stakeholder, to deliver the message that child sexual abuse prevention is both essential and achievable;
- Communication that delivers clear, unbiased, objective information on all aspects of child sexual abuse, including victimization, perpetration and prevention;
- Advocacy that secure resources and support for evidence-based policies and practices that prevent child sexual abuse;
- Policy efforts that support a public health approach to child sexual abuse prevention.