If they are experiencing it, the least we can do is talk about it.

Childhood shouldn’t hurt. But 1 in 10 children in your life will experience Child Sexual Abuse. Or CSA. 90% of them will know their abuser. That’s why we’re standing up, speaking up and training up to be their voices, their advocates and their workers to stop CSA before it happens to another child in Bucks County.

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NOVA is part of a state initiative to train 5% of Bucks County adults in CSA awareness and prevention.

If every adult who lives and works in Bucks County attends just one webinar training in 2021, statistics show that the rates of Child Sexual Abuse in Bucks County will decline. And that’s a goal we can achieve together.

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We offer private trainings for any group of 5 or more.

Great option for healthcare workers, educators, youth group leaders, sports coaches and organizations with staff who require continuing education credits.

But we also welcome mommy groups, grandparents, babysitters and more.

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Learn More About NOVA & CSA Prevention
About the CSA Stoppers Program

NOVA has joined forces with Penn State University, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and other local organizations for the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative.

Visit novabucks.org

Get confidential support and information 24 hours a day.

It’s up to us, as adults, to stop CSA before it happens.

We all have a part to play in ending the cycle of Child Sexual Abuse.
Watch now and see how you can make a difference.

what are csa stoppers?

When we leave it up to kids to tell us they’ve been sexually abused, we let predators control the conversation.

CSA Stoppers are, first and foremost, safe adults. And to combat efforts to silence or groom children, we’ve collected 10 of our CSA Stoppers Rules and are offering these to you now. They are practical, proactive ways to keep kids safe.

You’ll learn these and more when you attend a

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Be the child’s voice.

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The right time to teach kids about abuse is any time.

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Don’t give body parts nicknames. Teach the proper names for body parts. Nicknames can create confusion.

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Dresser drawers stay closed. Bedroom doors stay open.

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Trust your “gut” feeling – your instincts are telling you something.

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Children have the right to say NO to receiving unwanted touch — by anyone.

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Allow children to decide who they want to show affection to – hugs are not mandatory.

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Teach kids that healthy relationships have surprises, not secrets.

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Respect boundaries — high fives, not hugs.

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Two adults to one child, in all youth-serving settings.

Let’s End Child Sexual Abuse in Bucks County.

There’s much more to learn. Get trained to join a growing group of CSA Stoppers in Bucks County and learn what you can do to protect all children in your life.
Penny Ettinger, NOVA’s Executive Director, and Grace Wheeler, County Coordinator for the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, spoke about CSA prevention on NBC10 @ Issues.

Our Local Advocates Say: Not On My Watch

“We declare that the tragedy of child sexual abuse will not be tolerated in any way on our watch, and that we commit the visibility and reach of our offices to assist in the eradication of this horrific crime.” — Bucks County Commissioners & Bucks County District Attorney | Read more

About NOVA and the CSA Prevention Program

Since 1974, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) has served as Bucks County’s center for victim services, crisis support, community education, and prevention programs. NOVA is dedicated to reducing the incidence of crime through prevention education programs for Bucks County schools, community groups and professionals.

NOVA has joined forces with Penn State University, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency, and other local organizations for the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, designed to reduce the rates of child sexual abuse through evidence-based programs.

The goal: train 5% of adults in Bucks County by the end of 2021.

The two-hour training, entitled Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children, is available to all Bucks County adults at no charge. Attend one of our scheduled trainings at a location convenient to you, or contact us to bring the training to your workplace, school, organization, or place of worship.

#StopCSA: Here’s Where to Start

#StopCSA: Here’s Where to Start

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a difficult topic. Taboo, even. But it’s happening now, all over the world — even here in Bucks County. It may be uncomfortable, but we need to talk about abuse in order to stop abuse. Children have the right to grow up safe and healthy,...

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This project is supported by PCCD Subgrant # 2020-ES-IA-27956, awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The opinions, findings and conclusions expressed within this publication/ program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD.