SCOPE Synopsis, April 2012 #4

National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children, The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

http://www.preventtogether.org/Resources/Documents/NationalPlan2012FINAL.pdf

The National Plan aims to raise the profile of preventing sexual abuse and exploitation of children in not just legal venues, but also medical, faith, business, media and civic arenas. Its focus is on primary prevention and positive youth development, toward the goals of: decreasing the risk of future perpetration; increasing the engagement of effective bystander actions; promoting norms that support healthy behaviors, images and messages; promoting environments and education that support healthy development, relationships and sexuality; collaborating with media, businesses and policymakers; challenging media messages; and promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships.

The six action areas covered include: research; public awareness; ending the demand; policies and organizational practices; collaborative practices; and funding. There are also suggestions for individual, community and policy-level actions. As a piece informed by a cross-sector of advocates, researchers and activists, this is an important resource for the prevention field.

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4684/SMA12-4684.pdf

The information and resource kit is aimed at prevention specialists and healthcare providers and includes a glossary of terms and a discussion of gender identity. It continues by breaking down the top health issues for lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, as well as transgender individuals. The health issues are further categorized by physical health, behavioral health and substance abuse. Institutionalized homophobia and/or heterosexism could deter LGBT populations from seeking healthcare or treatment or negatively impact their care. It is the responsibility of prevention specialists and providers to inform themselves in dealing with diverse needs.

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