The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Prevention Education

The Child Advocacy Center offers sexual abuse prevention education programs for children, parents, and professionals in the community. The school programs are created for children beginning in Early Childhood through High School. The primary focus of our programs is to educate children about appropriate boundaries and empower victims to disclose abuse to safe adults.

In addition to educating children we also know it’s important to educate the adults in their lives. We want to improve adults’ responses to these disclosures so that children can receive early intervention and protection. Our parent programs educated parents on child sexual abuse, how to protect kids and ways to prevent child sexual abuse in person and online.

We also offer Mandated Reporter Training for professionals who work with children. This training is to empower adults to recognize and report abuse to help protect children.

Our programs are available to schedule online via Zoom or in-person at this time.

The Facts

43,832Children received Prevention Education in 2021
The largest age group we saw for forensic interviews in 2021 was 7-12 years old.
In 2021, 889 of our cases involved sexual abuse.
In 2021 1,224 Children received forensic interviewed about alleged abuse​
In 2021 2,636 Adults received Prevention Education
90% of child sexual abuse is by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.
Children 3 years old and younger have the highest maltreatment rate.
Only 5% to 16% of child sexual abuse victims report and false allegations are rare
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center

Become a part of an educated and empowered community where all children are safe from harm. Select one of the locations listed below and request a speaker for your school, community group, corporation, or place of worship.

Contact us to schedule a Body Safety Program, Internet Safety Program, or Mandated Reporter Training from our Hannibal office.

Contact us to schedule a Body Safety Program, Internet Safety Program, or Mandated Reporter Training from our Wentzville office.

Prevention Tips for Parents

  • Knowing correct names for private body parts gives children the language to tell.
  • Tell children no one should look at or touch their private body parts unless they are asking for help or if they are hurt.
  • Let your child know it’s ok to say “no” to anyone if they are making them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
  • Be involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of other adults caring for your child.
  • Establish a “No Secrets” rule with your child and anyone who cares for your child. (Explain “secrets” versus “surprises”)
  • Talk to your child every day and take time to really listen and observe.


My Body Belongs to Me