Expert on Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse - Dr. Sandy K. Wurtele

Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D. is a psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She currently directs the undergraduate program and chairs the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects. She has been studying childhood sexual abuse (CSA) since 1986 and is recognized as an international expert in CSA prevention. Dr. Wurtele is the author of educational and scholarly materials for professionals, parents, and children. Her Body Safety Training program has been rigorously evaluated and is available for purchase (click on Books tab). Her instruments for evaluating children’s body-safety knowledge and skills are also available (click on Publications tab).She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator for professionals and parents.




Safe Connections: A Parent's Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation

Off Limits! A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse

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Recent Publications

Preventing sexual abuse of children in the 21st century: Preparing for challenges and opportunities. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 2009, 18, 1-18

“This article critiques child-directed prevention efforts and suggests alternative approaches to primary prevention of CSA.”

Recent Presentations

Dr. Wurtele presented a 2-day workshop on preventing CSA in Lisbon, Portugal for the Portugese Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.


William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma.