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Utilizing Online Training for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Benefits and Limitations

NCJ Number
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume: 21 Issue: 5 Dated: September - October 2012 Pages: 507-520
Rechelle Paranal; Kiona Washington Thomas; Christina Derrick
Date Published
October 2012
14 pages
This article discusses online training for child sexual abuse prevention.
The prevalence of child sexual abuse demands innovative approaches to prevent further victimization. The online environment provides new opportunities to expand existing child sexual abuse prevention trainings that target adult gatekeepers and allow for large scale interventions that are fiscally viable. This article discusses the benefits and limitations of conducting online organizational trainings from the perspective of participants, including what participants found effective, what challenges were most commonly encountered, and trainee perspectives of the program's overall impact. The final section provides recommendations and lessons learned for practitioners and researchers who hope to utilize and assess online prevention trainings in the future. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.