What is Child Sexual Abuse? Our Definition at Defend Innocence

Imagine if the only color you ever learned the name of was orange. Whenever you see orange, you can identify it, name it, and point it out to other people. You can tell people about oranges, tangerines, and the inside of a mango. But there are a bunch of other colors out there that you […]

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Innocent Not Ignorant: The Importance of Little Talks

Guest blog post written by Chris Yadon, Executive Director Have you ever had a parent victory moment? It is one of those times when your kid does something that shows they are listening to you – that you are having a positive impact on them. Your chest swells with all sorts of positive feelings. I […]

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Defend Innocence's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

We love connecting with parents and caregivers on our blog. Connecting with you is one of the main ways that we keep the dialogue going about child sexual abuse. We’re always here to support you as you protect children, whether they’re your own, a nephew or niece, or someone who lives down the street. We […]

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Time Magazine Honors Silence Breakers as Person of the Year

You may have heard that Time honored silence breakers as 2017’s Person of the Year. Silence breakers include all of the brave individuals who have come forward to tell their truth about sexual abuse and assault as part of the #MeToo movement. Breaking the silence and reporting child sexual abuse is never easy. Below are just […]

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An Aunt's Commitment to Becoming a Defender

I have one niece and one nephew. My niece calls me exclusively by the nickname that she picked up when she first started talking. In fact, it’s a little unsettling to hear my actual name come out of her mouth. She has been described as bossy, but that’s just a result of her parents instilling […]

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Luminaria: An Old Holiday Tradition Made New

My favorite childhood Christmas tradition was lighting luminarias outside of our home. The tradition started with my mom, who grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where luminarias are a common sight during the holiday season. As a child, I loved that I could help assemble the luminarias—opening the bags, scooping in the sand, placing a […]

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4 People Your Child Doesn't Have to Hug During the Holidays

Think of the last time you upgraded your cell phone. You picked out a new phone that had everything you wanted. You were all set to go when a salesman swooped in to convince you that you needed something fancier and more expensive. He tried to talk you into buying a phone that had enough […]

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How to Care for Your Child After Sexual Abuse

So you’ve called the local reporting agency in your area and reported the child sexual abuse, one of the biggest steps you can take. Now, what should you do to take care of your child? If you do not have health insurance or your health insurance won’t pay for therapy, most states have a crime […]

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What Can I Do? 5 Ways Men Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Men play an important role in helping to prevent child sexual abuse. You don’t have to be a Defender Dad in order to make a difference. Any man can be a positive influence in a child’s or teen’s life. So whether you are a father, grandfather, uncle, coach, teacher, or family friend here are 5 […]

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