Staci Haines is a co-founder of generation FIVE a non-profit organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse if children within 5 generations. Through survivor leadership, community organizing, and public action, generation Five works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities. Rather than perpetuate the isolation of this issue, we integrate child sexual abuse prevention into social movements and community organizing targeting family violence, economic oppression, and gender, age-based and cultural discrimination. It is our belief that meaningful community response is the key to effective prevention.
"The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable." Judith Lewis Herman
Child sexual abuse is a public health crisis
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control that over 300,000 children are sexually abused each year in the U.S alone. For each of these abused children, there is an offender and the effected family and community surrounding them. Child sexual abuse has life-long impact. It is not solely an individual trauma; it is a public health crisis.
Child sexual abuse is a community problem
We live in communities where 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. It is a violation intricately tied to other social injustices. Child sexual abuse does not happen in a vacuum; rather it continues because of community values and social norms that allow abuses of power and harm to go unchallenged and allow sexual violence to continue as a form of domination and control.
Child sexual abuse requires social change
The majority of people who sexually abuse children are known to them—they are parents, relatives, babysitters, coaches, religious leaders, family friends and neighbors. Under 15% of child sexual offenders are strangers. We believe sexual abusers are "grown" not "born." What is it that we need to change about our family, community and social values and practices so that we no longer grow them?
Child sexual abuse is all of our issue
Generation FIVE has multiple ways to support people in ending child sexual abuse.
Generation FIVE: 5 initiatives for change
We have developed a roadmap for multi-generational change in societal values, community institutions and personal practices. These initiatives support the social change necessary to end child sexual abuse within 100 years.
- Leadership Development: train and support diverse community members and organizations to provide leadership in ending child sexual abuse within their communities.
- Community Solutions: develop community-based support networks and culturally relevant solutions to address child sexual abuse.
- Transformative Justice:build the capacity of communities to support survivor healing, foster offender accountability and recovery, and call bystanders into effective action.
- Alternative Institutions: design alternative community institutions that prevent child sexual abuse and respond effectively to individual, family and community needs.
- Movement Building: build a broad based social movement, creating change in the social values and political conditions that allow for child sexual abuse to continue.
In comparison to the 75% of participants who reported that they would confront someone who had been drinking and was about to drive, only 9% reported that they would directly confront someone who was sexually abusing a child. (Stop it NOW!)
We want to make sure the other 91% know what to do. Become a partner in supporting these 5 initiatives for change.
Generation FIVE has developed generational goals to guide our vision for change.
Generation One- You: year 2000-2025
Goals: Diverse Leadership and Community Solutions
Goals and Benchmarks:
- A diverse and skilled leadership is prepared to end child sexual abuse.
- Community-based solutions are translated into replicable models.
- Ending child sexual abuse is understood as relevant across social justice movements.
- Bystanders and the community-at-large begin to see child sexual abuse as everyone's issue and become part of the solution for ending it.
Find out more about the 5 generation plan for change and join the movement at:
www.generationFIVE.org or email g5 at info@generationFIVE.org.