The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.
Led by the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, the goal is to engage communities, improve internal operations, and advance policy and environmental change to protect youth from sexual abuse.
As our communities continue to press pause and participate in social distancing, we know that protecting kids is going to look a little different this year. Not only are we dealing with a pandemic that is separating kids in need from the safe adults in their lives, but we are seeing spikes in domestic violence, cries for social justice for Black lives, and more attention to youth and adult mental health.
It’s easy to treat child sexual abuse as one more thing to stress out about, which is why we’re breaking it down. Protecting kids doesn’t have to be overwhelming — in fact, there are protective measures we can take that can come as easy as taking a deep breath.
Five Days of Action will help communities and parents/caregivers take it One Day at a Time and will offer tips, tools, activities, and resources that are relevant to the current environment.
Throughout the week of October 26-30, 2020 YMCAs and youth-serving organizations all across the country came together to spread prevention messages on social media, host events to train parents and community volunteers (if possible), and educate the community about keeping youth safe from sexual abuse.
2019 was a great year for Five Days of Action, with 428 participating YMCAs, 160 participating partners, and 49 states represented. 2020 figures are yet to come but will be similar if not better! We look forward to continuing to educate Cayman and participate in the Five Days of Action for many years to come!