The 2020

Praesidium Report


A Comprehensive Report on Sexual Abuse Risk Management of Vulnerable Populations

For three decades, Praesidium has reviewed and consulted on thousands of cases of sexual abuse across all industries serving vulnerable populations. Those organizations include K-12 schools and higher education institutions, youth-serving organizations working with children and youth, churches and religious institutions, social service organizations, and many more.  

Praesidium's mission is to "help you protect those in your care from abuse and to help preserve trust in your organization." With that in mind, we decided to take our findings over the course of the year and identify trends. Using these trends, we offer some direct tips on what organizations can do within each section of the Praesidium Report. We hope you find this report valuable and encourage you to share it with your colleagues via the share buttons on this page.  

What's Inside The Report?

What does a Culture of Safety mean?

Praesidium has learned that it is not enough to just implement best practice standards, organizations must develop a Culture of Safety to ensure that these standards are lived up to by the organization as a whole. Learn the seven common characteristics of a Culture of Safety and what they mean.

What types of helpline calls did Praesidium receive?

Praesidium offers a 24-hour call-in helpline solution to our clients. This helpline is used to assess an identified red-flag behavior, suspicious or inappropriate behaviors, or allegations within an organization. Each call has a team of experts behind the scenes diligently discussing the best course of action and identifying next-steps the organizations may want to consider. We've identified several categories of situations from the hundreds of calls received, such as alleged adult-to-child abuse and youth-to-youth sexual activity or abuse, to name a few. Find out which type we see the most and where incidents are most likely to take place.

What trends are happening for 2020 ?

Praesidium is noticing significant movement in Survivor-Forward responses, a call for greater accountability and transparency, and ongoing changes to Statutes of Limitations. Learn how these demands affect more than just an organization's response to allegations and incidents of abuse, they also play a role in insurance markets, organizational operations, foundations, donors, public trust, and more.

You Might Be Wondering...

Who is Praesidium?

Praesidium is the national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. With more than 25 years of experience, and serving thousands of clients, our dedicated team of researchers, psychologists, attorneys, social workers, and human resources professionals have analyzed thousands of cases and synthesized the latest scientific research. We know how abuse happens in organizations and more importantly, how to prevent it.

What is Praesidium's approach to managing the risk of abuse in clients' organizations?

Praesidium uses a systems-based approach created from the scientific research of thousands of reported incidents of abuse. This analysis identified that the root causes of these situations often fall into one or more of the eight organizational operations which, taken together, comprise Praesidium’s Safety Equation®. We help our clients implement best practice standards in each of the eight operations to close gaps, decrease risks, and create safer environments within their organizations.  

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Abuse Is Preventable.

Praesidium is dedicated to helping our clients fulfill their mission safely. Whether they are just getting started in their abuse prevention efforts, focused on the compliance aspects of risk management, or are committed to creating a culture of safety with years of experience. We work with clients across the spectrum. If you're not sure what your next step is to preventing abuse, contact us today.