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Preventing Sexual Violence: Working Together to Change the Environment in Which Our Children Are Growing Up

Sexual violence is a frightening topic, never more so than when it involves children. Many times discussions of prevention stop at efforts to get potential perpetrators off the street. But experts know prevention also must target the unhealthy images that touch our children from early ages, undermining their ability to learn what healthy, respectful relationships look like. This week’s Mom Enough guest, Patty Wetterling, knows more about this topic than she ever wanted – as a mom whose 11-year-old son Jacob was kidnapped in 1989 and as a prevention advocate and educator for 22 years (currently as Director of the Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the Minnesota Department of Health). You will not want to miss this important and timely discussion!


This week’s Mom Enough guest, Patty Wetterling, talks with Marti & Erin about the importance of “changing the environment around the unhealthy sexual images presented to our children.” What does that mean to you and how do you see it touching the lives of your children, whatever their ages? What one small step could you take to help prevent sexual violence in your community? Leave a comment below!


For Coaching Boys into Men, click here.

For the MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, click here.

For Demand the Change for Children, click here.

For the MN Men’s Action Network, click here.

For the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, click here.

For the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, click here.

For more links and resources from the MDH – Sexual Violence Prevention Program, click here.

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  1. Evelyn Anderson on July 26, 2012

    Great job, Patty, Marti, and Erin. Nice overview of the issue in terms and examples people can relate to.

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