"What We Needed": What impacted communities need to end child-on-child sexual harm (a California pilot)

Impact Justice
R3 2018-2019 $50,000

Develop a pilot program in California called What we Needed to help us better understand the uniqueness of child-on-child sexual harm, including its roots and solutions to prevent it from happening in the first place. Information gathered from listening sessions will be used to create model policy and recommendations that will be presented to state and federal entities. An advocate action plan will aid other states seeking similar action.

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  • Communities

    Adolescents and young adults with sexual attraction to children Children with sexual behavior problems Survivors
  • Products

    Research: What we Needed: A Survey on what impacted communities needed to end child-on-child sexual harm Contact Impact Justice
  • System

    Criminal justice Therapeutic/mental health
  • Level

    National State


  • Strengthen Policies

    Strengthen Policies

    Wisdom and narratives collected from participants created model policy and recommendations for state and federal lawmakers as they worked to repeal youth registration laws. This knowledge will be used to aid other states seeking similar action.

    In 2018, CYRR worked with the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) on reform for youth who committed sex offenses. The Board wrote a lengthy recommendation that was presented in March 2019 to Govenor Newsom that no child in California (who commits a sex offense under age 18) shouild be placed on the registry in Califronia. Additionally, the National Council of Family & Juvenile Court Judges issues a similar resolution against placing children on registeries (released April 2019).

  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    Workplan collaboration with Research & Action Center (RAC), engaging with law enforcement, child welfare, and legislators. 

  • Learning Circles

    Learning Circles

    Presented these recommendations and information from the listening sessions to the State Legislature, State Sex Offender Management Board, and Federal Government via briefings and conversations. 

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    The report, What we Needed: A Survey on what impacted communities needed to end child-on-child sexual harm, will help guide others working on registration reform. The project's initial focus on registration reform has been expanded to transformative and upstream work to end child sexual harm through this project. 

  • Measure Impact

    Measure Impact

    Listening session data was used to develop a therapeutic (not-traumatizing) questionnaire that can elicit deep personal stories from survivors, perpetrators, and family members around the time of the abuse.