FREE Child Abuse Prevention Training: Learn how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
The statistics are staggering. one in ten children will be the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18. Of those, three in ten are under the age of eleven.
Imagine, every day of the school year, nearly 2,900 school- aged children in Glynn County and surrounding school districts walk into a classroom weighted down by their backpack full of books and the trauma of their own abuse. Yet, all too often, it is a topic few want to discuss or even acknowledge.
In its continuing efforts to elevate child abuse awareness and prevention, Safe Harbor is offering Stewards of Children, a FREE, two-hour training proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. Scheduled for April 18-21 in Glynn, Camden, Wayne, and Jeff Davis counties, the training will provide an interactive opportunity to share, learn, and practice implementing strategies to protect children from child sexual abuse.
“Although teaching children about their bodies and boundaries is important, protecting children is an adult responsibility, and one that calls for prevention education,” says Andrea Belton, Program Director of Safe Harbor’s Child Advocacy Centers and Connie R. Smith Rape Crisis Centers. “National Child Abuse Prevention Month, held each April, is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.”
KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL LEARN
– New skills to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
– Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse
– Positive change to organizational policies and procedures
– Individual empowerment through a personal prevention plan
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. Child sexual abuse has devastating consequences for child victims and their non-offending family members. Research has shown that child victims suffer from trauma that often stays with them into adulthood with debilitating personal and social consequences.
This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know or care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It’s going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not – unless you stop it from happening. And the good news, it can be stopped.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS
– 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser.
– Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.
– 60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
– False reports are rare. Research shows that only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
UPCOMING TRAINING OFFERINGS
April 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Wayne County Library, 759 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545
April 20, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Marshes of Glynn Library, 208 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520
April 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Children’s Advocacy Center, 104 Lakeshore Drive St. Mary’s, GA 31558
JEFF DAVIS COUNTY
April 21, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Jeff Davis Public Library, 189 E. Jarmin Street, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
For groups of 10 or more adults, Safe Harbor can facilitate a private Stewards of Children training for your company, school or organization by calling 912-554-0609
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