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    Five Days of Action

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 will come 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. 


Last year was the biggest year yet for Five Days of Action, with 428 participating YMCAs, 160 participating partners, and 49 states represented. With 2020 right around the corner, it’s time to mark your calendars and start thinking about what Five Days of Action can look like in your community.


Register today to ensure you don't miss any of the planning fun, including the release of the kit and other support materials you may find helpful. By participating in the Five Days of Action, you can be a source of hope during this time and help to protect the kids in your community from sexual abuse.

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