Background

This study examines the effectiveness of a program that aims to reduce child sexual abuse by increasing children’s social capacity, including knowledge and skills in recognizing and reducing child sexual assault risk factors. 

With a focus on elementary school students in the rural area of Fuxin, China, trained teachers provide 4 hours of sensitization on childhood sexual abuse (CSA), including topics such as differentiating “good touch” and “bad touch”, learning when and how to say “no”, and developing a better understanding of the reporting mechanisms for inappropriate behavior. This study examines the extent to which the CSA prevention curriculum helps children identify and reduce sexual assault, as well as its ability to prevent adolescent sexual aggression in order to reduce potential child sexual abusers.