“Child sexual abuse is a silent, violent epidemic. So widespread that each of us probably knows someone who has been victimized or who has abused.” – enoughabuse.org
Over a three year period, CPCM stakeholders identified strengths and weaknesses in South Dakota’s response to child sexual assault and maltreatment. The stakeholders, including the SD Department of Health, SD Department of Education, SD Department of Social Services (DSS), SD Unified Judicial System, The Network, Child’s Voice, and others, formulated a 10-year strategic plan to address those findings. One strategy in the 10-year plan involves the investment in a prevention program targeting child sexual abuse and the CPCM partners chose the Enough Abuse campaign after researching national and international programs. The Enough Abuse campaign was chosen based on the program evaluation results, comprehensive modules targeting adults, teenagers, and children, and programmatic support from the national office.
The Enough Abuse campaign will pair with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface and Resiliency program rolled out in South Dakota in the spring of 2018. The two statewide awareness campaigns will give victims a voice to immediately connect with appropriate services. Similar to the ACE Interface and Resiliency program, professionals and community members will be trained to deliver Enough Abuse presentations in several venues including but not limited to schools, youth serving organizations, parent organizations, churches, child care providers, and other audiences that serve children and youth. The training will include information on the impacts of child maltreatment and provide participants with the skills and resources needed to quickly identify victims and connect them with services that will help victims avoid further trauma and vulnerabilities.