Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the important role legislation plays in the future of Iowa’s children. We support policies that prevent childhood sexual abuse.

Goal: Enact legislation requiring schools to implement sexual abuse prevention practices. 

Safety from sexual abuse and exploitation begins by equipping educators with skills to recognize behaviors indicating abuse, providing training on appropriate interventions, and developing internal school systems of reporting. Pre-employment background and reference checks for anyone who will work with children also help ensure the safety of children and youth in schools.

At present, most educators don’t receive training in preventing, recognizing or responding to child sexual abuse in their college coursework or as part of their professional development.

Iowa is one of only 13 states that does not require public schools to implement prevention-oriented child sexual abuse programs. Sexual abuse prevention in Iowa schools would strengthen protective factors for Iowa children, creating safer learning environments for all.

We encourage you to ask your legislator to support sexual abuse prevention laws for Iowa’s children.

Find Your Legislator

We encourage you to ask your legislator to support the creation of sexual abuse prevention policy for Iowa’s children.

Below are initial talking points to use when contacting your representatives. Please use these as a starting point, we encourage you to add your personal experience and/or professional opinions as part of your conversation.

  • 1.

    Sexual abuse prevention in Iowa schools builds protective factors for Iowa children, creating safer learning environments and better student achievement for all children.

  • 2.

    Safety from sexual abuse and exploitation begins by equipping adults working in a school system with knowledge and processes to recognize and respond to boundary violating behaviors, providing training on appropriate interventions, and developing internal school systems of reporting.

  • 3.

    Prevent Child Abuse Iowa requests the Iowa legislature to enact legislation requiring schools to provide training and supports for awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse and sexual assault in schools.