5 Days of Action

October 26 - 30

The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.

The Five Days of Action is an initiative of the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from:

During October and all year long, the Athens YMCA encourages adults and organizations in our community to play a vital role in making our communities a safer place for children. By encouraging adults to step up and speak out, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and foster conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.

Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and speak out to encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.

Visit fivedaysofaction.org to learn more and get started!



The Athens YMCA and the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from the YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing and recognizing child sexual abuse.

Join in on the Five Days of Action and help create a safer world for the children in your life. We know things are a little different right now, but we can still keep kids safe - One Day at a Time. Head over to fivedaysofaction.org to learn more. 


DAY 2 

Are your kids spending more time online or in front of a screen? Take time today to talk to your kids about the joys and dangers of the internet. Find tips for starting the conversation here.

We're taking things One Day at a Time. With changes to your regular routines, are you looking for ways to keep your kids busy and safe at the same time? Check out a sample daily calendar of activities. 


DAY 3 

Safe adults are the ones kids know they can trust if they need help. Learn more about what it means to be the safe adult in your child's life, and use this worksheet to help your kids recognize safe adults. 

Take some time today to ask, "How are you feeling?" These honest, on-going conversations with kids strengthen bonds. Fill out the Family Code of Conduct worksheet together as a family. You don't have to fill it out all at once - take it One Day at a Time. 




You're not alone. There are services available that can help if you're in need. Check out some helpful resources in our area. 

Kids' behavior can help you understand how they're feeling, even when they can't tell you. Learn more about the signs of abuse and how to recognize them at fivedaysofaction.org




By talking with other adults and our kids, we are setting expectations for everyone about what keeping kids safe means. This helps us all be prepared to protect kids under any circumstances. Want to learn more? Take the Protecting Children During a Crisis Training at no charge. 




By bringing awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse to your community, you are making a difference. By stepping up and speaking out agains child sexual abuse, you are not only saving childhoods, but improving the lives of all of us.