The burden of prevention has been resting for years on the smallest shoulders in our society: the children who are most vulnerable, least powerful, and least likely to be able to protect themselves from a powerful adult. This is especially true when considering that the majority of sexual abuse (93%) happens at the hands of an adult well known to the child. When children are abused by adults they are also confused by the fact that this person is supposed to be a protector, a caretaker, and worthy of trust simply by being an adult (after all, we also teach children to obey adults, which can be very confusing). Child abusers are very often "experts" at emotional manipulation of children, gaining their trust well in advance of the actual abuse. In light of these facts (and many others), it is clear that the time has come for adults to assume responsibility for protecting children. Their shoulders were not built for carrying such weight.
Instructions include that the CNA must complete page one of the reciprocity application and mail that page back to the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection, 3 Mill Road, Suite 308, Wilmington, DE 19806, with a copy of the CNA's photo ID and a check for $30, payable to the State of Delaware. Page two of the application must be completed by an employer verifying the required three months of full-time experience or by a training school official verifying that the CNA attended a CNA training program of at least 150 hours. Page three must be completed by the current out-of-state nurse aide registry. Pages two and three must be returned together to the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection, 3 Mill Road, Suite 308, Wilmington, DE 19806.