BOKRIM Principles

Our Core Principles

Our principles are the keystones of our approach to meeting the expectations of everyone concerned with and involved in protecting children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.  

The Context of our Principles

Child sexual abuse is rising.  It may never be possible to eliminate sexual abuse completely, but we want to get as close to eliminating it as possible.

The costs of failing to prevent sexual abuse can already destroy lives, careers, and organizations, and all the costs are rising.  Most people and organizations have no protection if they fail to prevent sexual abuse.  We equip organizations to protect minors and vulnerable adults well and, if they do so, to be able to defend themselves if sexual abuse nonetheless happens.

Because of increased media coverage around sexual abuse failures, expectations about child protection are rising.  We enable organizations to meet current expectations and keep doing so as expectations grow and evolve.

The scale and scope of sexual abuse risk has risen so high and far that the people working for organizations must protect themselves and their organizations using the best practices to protect children from sexual abuse and themselves from the consequences of not being able to prevent sexual abuse.  We enable organizations to use risk management best practices to prevent sexual abuse and manage sexual abuse risk, even if they have no risk management experience.

Principles for Parents, Guardians, and Everyone Interested in Preventing Sexual Abuse

Your only sexual abuse concern is that everything possible is done to ensure sexual abuse doesn’t happen.  The principles that matter most to you are:

Principles for Organization Boards and Owners

Your primary sexual abuse concern is that you do everything possible to ensure it doesn’t happen.  However, you also need to consider what happens if it does because you know no prevention system can be 100% effective all the time, and you cannot afford a significant sexual abuse event.  

At the same time, you must also be mindful to carefully allocate your limited resources across all the demands on them.  So, in addition to a parent’s principles, the principles that matter to you are:

Principles for Sexual Abuse Risk Managers

As a sexual abuse risk manager, you are likely currently responsible for maintaining your organization’s safe environment program.  Your organization has never had a sexual abuse problem, so you are confident you are doing well.  And we aren’t suggesting anything other than that.

What we are suggesting is that you are aware of the increased profile of sexual abuse in the media, that people are discussing it more, and that your insurance costs have risen sharply.

You may also sense you could do more to protect children, not because you are doing a poor job now but to meet rising expectations.  Unfortunately, you are not a child protection, abuse prevention, or risk management expert, so you’re unsure what else to do.  Because you are not a risk management historian or expert, you are not aware of how limited and out of date the safe environment is.  

You also assume (incorrectly, as it happens) that as long as you comply with your safe environment obligations, you and your organization will be protected if sexual abuse occurs.  On the contrary, the safe environment provides no protection to you and just a little legal protection to your organization.  Insurance helps a little but only for some of your and your organization’s legal costs.

In addition to the principles applicable to parents and owners, the following principles are important to you: