Beyond ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ touch: 4 lessons to help prevent child sexual abuse
More than 58,000 children were sexually abused in the U.S. in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Many states are trying to curb those numbers — 20 now require sexual abuse prevention education by law. In 2009, Vermont became one of the first.
K-12 schools in Vermont are required to provide sexual violence prevention to all students. Schools must also provide information to parents. Additionally, all schools and childcare facilities are required to train teachers and adult employees.
Vermont is a testing ground for states like Wyoming, which is one of nine other states that allow or recommend this type of education, but don’t require it.