At the YMCA, we believe ALL children deserve the opportunity to discover who they are, and what they can achieve. Every day, we are proud and respectful of the TRUST parents and the community place in our YMCA. From Summer Camp, After School programs, Youth Sports, and Teen experiences, our Ys are buzzing with activity to serve youth. We work to ensure your children have a safe, fun-filled experience.
At the Y, child protection is our number one priority. Our goal is to help educate parents and children on how to be safe from child abuse in any environment with the skills they learn at our Y. Our staff and volunteers are trained on comprehensive and innovative practices around child safety to ensure your children are safe in our care. The trust that you, as parents and guardians, place in us to care for your children is important to us and we do not take that trust for granted.
We know that today:
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the U.S. experience sexual abuse by the age of 18. (1)
- 90 percent of children who are abused know the abuser. (2)
- There are more than 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. Yet, many child victims may never disclose their abuse. (3)
- 1 in 5 children is solicited sexually on the Internet before the age of 18. (4)
When adults collectively understand the risks and red flags of child sexual abuse, we can do more to keep kids safe. When we all take action, abuse is preventable.