Five Days of Action

Join Five Days of Action to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, April 15-19

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. As part of our commitment to protecting the children in our community, we’re participating in the Five Days of Action – a week-long campaign to increase awareness of child sexual abuse and empower and equip us all to prevent it. By taking part in this important campaign and through implementing abuse prevention practices year-round, Greater Austin YMCA is committing to the safety of all children in our community.  

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the Greater Austin YMCA along with many other youth serving organizations are partnering to bring awareness and education on how we can all work together to prevent child sexual abuse.   Child Abuse is Preventable!

On April 15th – 19th, the Greater Austin YMCA will participate in a week-long campaign designed to raise awareness and inspire all adult to take action to protect children from sexual abuse by participating in Five Days of Action. Five Days of Action is an initiative of the YMCA Champions for Child Protection, with support. from YMCA of the USA.

During this week, we invite members, participants, and staff to learn foundational habits of child sexual abuse prevention – KNOW. SEE. RESPOND.  When we KNOW how abuse happens, SEE the signs, take action and RESPOND, we create safer environments for children to learn, grow and thrive.  Please join us as we pledge to PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE!    (PLEDGE CARD)

  • April 15th – Introduction to Five Days of Action – Know. See. Respond.
  • April 16th – KNOW the Facts
  • April 17th – SEE the Signs
  • April 18th – Teach, Train and RESPOND
  • April 19th – Week Recap – Together We Can Prevent Abuse!

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KNOWing about child sexual abuse can help adults better understand what to look for and how to prevent it.

As parents, caregivers, and trusted adults to the young people in our lives, we play an important role in protecting them from abuse. This requires our commitment to continually learn and then ask questions about the safety of our loved ones.

The Y – and other youth serving organizations – implement a series of measures to keep the kids in their care safe.

Next time you enroll your loved one in a new program, ask them about their child protection practices. Here are some questions you can ask to get started.


When we SEE boundaries being crossed or suspect a child is being abused, we can and should act quickly. Sports should be safe places for children to grow, both as people and as athletes.

As a parent, caregiver, coach, or volunteer, it is up to you to make sure any environment in which children in your care interact is free from abuse. Learn more about the signs and how you can help prevent child sexual abuse in youth sports at the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

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Did you know that you don’t need evidence to report abuse—only reasonable suspicion? But even for adults, reporting abuse is hard. We don’t want to falsely accuse someone or get someone in trouble. On the other hand, reporting might be the one thing that saves a child – or children – from abuse. It is our responsibility to RESPOND to any and all disclosure, discovery or suspicion of child sexual abuse.  

As adults and children alike have turned to digital tools for school, work and socialization, online safety matters now more than ever. Many online dangers put children at risk, such as cyber bullying, online enticement and more. As an adult, keeping an open line of communication with any children in your care who may access online content can be key to helping prevent sexual abuse. has the facts about how you can keep kids safe and how to respond to online victimization at .