Awareness Training


This foundational Training is the single most important step an Organization can take to reduce the risk of sexual abuse in programs serving Vulnerable Adults. When staff members and volunteers are equipped with ‘eyes to see’ the abuser’s grooming process and common grooming behaviors, they are better able to protect Vulnerable Adults in their care.

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Safety System Requires All Five Parts

Why is Sexual Abuse Awareness Training important?

Many believe that sexual abuse can’t happen in their Organization, or that no one they know could be an abuser.

This illusion is dangerous to both the Organization and the vulnerable population it serves. Sexual abusers find access to victims where the barriers to entry are lower, where misconceptions exist and staff members are more trusting.

Organizations can ‘raise the bar’ by better understanding the problem. When volunteers and staff members learn the facts, they are better equipped to protect Vulnerable Adults in their care.

What do we need to know to protect Vulnerable Adults?

Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is key in equipping staff members and volunteers to better understand the risk of sexual abuse in Vulnerable Adult programs. For many, sexual abuse is not an acknowledged reality, so many choose to remain uninformed.

To better protect Vulnerable Adults in your program, staff members must realize that the problem of sexual abuse is significant and growing, and that abusers have no visual profile. Instead, predatory behavior must be recognized by behavior. Sexual Abuse Awareness Training equips staff members and volunteers with 'eyes to see' the abuser’s grooming process and key indicators of sexual abuse.

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Sexual Abuse Awareness Training provides the foundation of the PVA 5-Part Safety System.

See an overview of the 5-Part Safety System here.