Commitment to Child Safety
THE Y WORKS TO ENSURE ALL CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED
The St. Cloud Area Family YMCA’s commitment to providing a safe environment for every individual who engages with us—especially children—is essential to our mission, reputation, and our viability as an organization.
The reality of the society in which we operate highlights the need for enhanced safety and security measures. One in 10 children in the U.S. will be sexually abused by the time he or she turns 18. In the majority of these cases, the perpetrator is a family member, friend, teacher, coach, or another child.
To meet the promise of our mission and cause, and to continue the Y’s leadership on these important social issues, we must do everything in our power to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our facilities and/or participates in our programs.
Members and Guests
REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
Reporting is mandatory!
- One in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.
- Roughly 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser. Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.
- At least 60% of children who are sexually abused will never report it.
- False reports are rare. Research shows that only 4–8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
You don’t need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child and/or adult, or you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them. Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.