The safety and well-being of children in the care of our Y is, and always will be, our top priority. Understanding the facts about child sexual abuse is crucial for addressing abuse and informing prevention efforts, policy decisions, and support services. We know that today:
- 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
- 90% of children who are abused know the abuser.
- There are more than 60 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the U.S. yet, 80% never reported their abuse.
- False reports are rare. Research shows that less than 5% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
As a youth-serving organization that reaches over 7,000 children and teens every year, the YMCA of Montclair’s most important work is creating safe environments for young people. That any child or teen would experience harm in our care is unacceptable. Ensuring the safety and well-being of young people is foundational to everything we do at the Y to help them learn, grow, and thrive. When we all take action, abuse is preventable. Read our Child Abuse Prevention Policy and our Code of Conduct.
As an organization, we have taken the following actions to keep kids safe in our Y facilities, camps, and programs and maintain the reputation of safety we have built during our 175-year history:
At the Y, child abuse prevention is a 365-day effort. During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, we encourage parents and caregivers to participate in the Five Days of Action - a weeklong campaign to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and empower and equip our communities to prevent it. By taking part in this important campaign and implementing abuse prevention practices year-round, we can all commit to the safety of children in our care.
The Know. See. Respond. campaign ties in three impact areas – preventing child sexual abuse at summer camp, in youth sports, and on the internet. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, U.S. Center for SafeSport , and Praesidium have shared resources to support this campaign.
The YMCA of Montclair is committed to the highest level of professional integrity and conduct that supports a workplace that is free of illegal and unethical behavior.
Staff and volunteers alike are expected to adhere to the policies, procedures, and code of conduct that clarify their ethical obligations and responsibilities.
To anonymously and confidentially report an activity that may involve criminal conduct or violations of the YMCA Standards of Ethical Behavior, please use montclairymca.ethicspoint.com.