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

This year, Five Days of Action runs from April 18-22, 2022.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine encourages adults and organizations to join in marking this special week as Chester County comes together to make the community a safer place for children to live, learn, and play. With summer right around the corner—when children gather for activities and camps, it is a wonderful time to bring attention to the simple ways we can all make the children in our community safer. 

During the Five Days of Action, we will be engaging these critical steps of prevention, KNOW. SEE. RESPONDknow how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond as a safe adult.


What do I do if I believe a child is being abused?

Information provided by Darkness to Light

  • You do not need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child or adult, or both. Or, you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them. 
  • Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.  
  • Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FOR-LIGHT or text LIGHT to 741741 to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.  

What does KNOW.SEE.RESPOND mean?

KNOW: The circumstances in which abuse happens might surprise you. When we understand how it happens, we can stop it. 

SEE: We can keep kids safe when we know what to look for. Learn how to spot and minimize things that make kids vulnerable.

RESPOND: You can change a child's life, for good. When a child or teen needs to talk, do you know what to say?