Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Guide & SB 401

Georgia’s Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide (TARG) is intended to outline how communities and schools can utilize existing sexual abuse prevention strategies and programs to improve the health and well-being of their youth population.

The TARG is a comprehensive guide that provides best practices on:

  • principles of prevention,
  • identifying resources for the classroom,
  • developing a prevention plan,
  • age appropriate teaching suggestions,
  • analysis of specific programs, and
  • guidelines for implementation and evaluation.

Download the full TARG by filling in your contact information below.

The TARG is a recommended guide for educators looking to comply with SB 401. SB 401, a 2018 revision to the Quality Basic Education Act, GA Code Section 20-2-143, requires:

  • Annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education for students K-9
  • To provide professional learning that may include participating in or presenting at in-service training on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention (GA Code 20-2-200)
  • In-service training programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention for personnel that will be providing instruction in annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education K-9 (GA Code Section 20-2-201)

Enter your information to download the full TARG.

TARG Development:

Georgia’s Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, released the TARG in early 2017 after two years of review and development by the Task Force’s Work Group 2:  Youth Safe and Aware. Work Group 2 is comprised of dedicated local experts in child advocacy, child abuse prevention, and victims’ services. They reviewed specific child-focused abuse and exploitation prevention programs to create a synopsis of programs that met the Work Group’s specific criteria for best practice, although the guide does not endorse a particular program. It is up to each school and/or youth-serving organization to use this guide as a tool to assess their situation and resources and then decide on a program and implementation plan that best meets their needs.

The mission of the Task Force, led by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, is to protect the citizens of Georgia from perpetrators and systems of sexual exploitation while concurrently working to support recovery of CSEC victims to ensure that they are ready for college, work, and a successful future. The Task Force operates by a targeted, strategic framework which consists of individual Work Groups addressing the five elements of the trafficking continuum: Vulnerability, Recruitment, Exploitation, Withdrawal, and Reintegration. Specifically, the Task Force functions based on eight objectives: Community Awareness and Education; Youth Aware and Safe; Deterring Buyers; Keeping At-Risk Youth Safe; Apprehending, Investigating, and Prosecuting; Examining Labor, Foreign-Born, and Adult Sex Trafficking; Survivors Supported and Protected; and Survivors Recovering and Thriving.

For more information, contact:

Tiffany Sawyer
Director of Prevention Services
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Julia Neighbors
PCA Georgia,
Georgia State University
Carol Neal-Rossi
Regional Prevention Coordinator (Metro Atlanta)
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy


For more information, visit