Abuse Prevention in the Classroom and Beyond Educators, research shows that when you partner with parents to talk with students about sexual abuse (and teach them important safety skills they can practice at school and at home), you improve their ability to protect themselves and disclose abuse if it happens.1 We encourage you to share our Hot Chocolate Talk™ resources with families so you can work together to break down communication barriers and help prevent child sexual abuse. How to Talk to Kids About Sexual Abuse Print and share our free Conversation Guide with parents in your next family communications. Download Now As educators, you are central to this multi-layered approach to child protection. For students who don’t get adequate information at home, you may be their only source of information about personal safety, and you may also be the one to first notice signs of abuse. That’s why we offer comprehensive tools and training just for you in our Second Step Child Protection Unit (available for Early Learning through Grade 5), which you may or may not already use. Additional Resources The following resources explain the Hot Chocolate Talk campaign and provide you with tools to engage families and help them start these important safety conversations. Sample Letter to Families Introduce the Hot Chocolate Talk campaign to families with this customizable message.Download Now Learn and Share the Facts When parents and educators work together, we can help prevent child sexual abuse. Share This Video with Families Educators Are Essential Learn the three reasons why you play a key role in protecting children from sexual abuse. Read Now Recommended Reading Get our list of books to share with parents for talking about and responding to child sexual abuse. See Book List Where to Get Help If abuse happens, report it to your local police or child protection agency. Then get help: these resources provide trained, confidential support. Childhelp Visit Site | 800-4-A-Child Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network Visit Site | 800-656-HOPE National Sexual Violence Resource Center Visit Site | 877-739-3895 National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888 | or text HELP to 233733 Spread the Word Feel free to share this image and sample post content in your school communications and social media channels. Together, prevention is possible. Download the image and copy above for use on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or share now: 1Finkelhor, D., & Dziuba-Leatherman, J. (1995). Victimization prevention programs: A national survey of children’s exposure and reactions. Child Abuse & Neglect, 19(2), 129–139.