How Can Citizens Help
Increase Community Safety?
can enhance public safety by getting involved and becoming
leaders in their communities.
Members of the
community can get involved in helping to prevent sexual assault
and maintain the safety of their community. Community members
about the sexual assault of adults and children, men, women,
boys, and girls.
the issues involved in sexual assault. Know the statistics.
preventing sexual assault is someone else's responsibility.
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Talk to your
children about personal safety issues as they relate to
child sexual abuse. Do this when you talk to your
children about bike safety, crossing the street, or talking
to strangers. It is, in many ways, just another personal
safety rule about which children need to be aware.
Listen to your
children. You can minimize the risk to your children
by listening to their questions and concerns and by ensuring
an open and communicative family lifestyle where your children
know they can come to you if they have questions, fears
knowledge about risk reduction measures you can take to
local law enforcement, probation/parole department, rape
crisis center, or child abuse prevention organization to
a neighborhood discussion group to learn about this issue
and address neighbors' fears and concerns.
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Get to know
block watches, if desired by your neighbors.
until you are informed that a sex offender is living nearby
to take action to reduce your risk of sexual assault.
in primary prevention, that is, educational efforts that
seek to stop the behaviors and attitudes that allow sexual
assault to occur.
Find out the
statistics on child sexual abuse, adult sexual assault,
offender arrest, and incarceration in your community.
Beware of the
media's ability to draw attention to the most horrific of
stories concerning the sexual assault of children or adults.
These stories, while real and very frightening, are usually
not the norm.
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the Center for Sex Offender
Management, with permission. Reproduction herein of
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of the public, and does not constitute endorsement or
adoption by the State of New Jersey, or its officers,
employees or agents.
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