Jump into action by taking this interactive quiz and signing the pledge to protect card and sign to show you’re ready to protect the kids in our community.

Visit  https://www.fivedaysofaction.org/pledge to get started!

Using the three habits – KNOW. SEE. RESPOND. – you can know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent it.


The YMCA of Western Monmouth County and the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from the YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing sexual abuse.

When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.



KNOWing the facts about child sexual abuse can help you better understand what to look for and how to prevent abuse.

People who abuse children often become friendly with the potential victims and their families. They participate in family activities, earn trust, and gain alone time with children.

↓ Information for Parents of Young Children


Signs that a child is being sexually abused are often present, but they can be indistinguishable from other signs of child stress or trauma.

Offenders are often seen breaking rules and pressing boundaries. When we SEE boundaries being crossed, we must be an active bystander & take risks and stand up to other adults. Learn more about bystander intervention in the KNOW. SEE. RESPOND. booklet.

↓ Tips for Protecting Youth


When looking at youth-serving organizations, ask for a copy of their protection policy. It should include how they limit isolated one-on-one situations. If it doesn’t, consider this a red flag.

Between soccer practice, tutoring sessions, and piano lessons, your child is frequently in the care of many different adults. How do you keep them safe? Check out the KNOW. SEE. RESPOND. booklet for some proactive questions you can ask youth-serving organizations.

↓ Tips for Talking to Kids about Body Safety


Only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are false. The most important action you can take is to believe a child who discloses and report to the appropriate authorities.

When it comes to reporting abuse, it can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be! If you are prepared, you will know exactly when and how to RESPOND.

↓ New Jersey Community Resources for Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

A child who discloses abuse has taken a huge risk in telling you. Give attention, compassion, and belief. Be prepared to act.