Know the signs of abuse – register for this free D2L training

Sylvia’s CAC is hosting a free child abuse prevention training.

Coming up Tuesday, October 4, from 5:30-8 at Lebanon Police Department. Food and drinks will be provided at this event.

FREE child abuse prevention trainingDarkness 2 Light Stewards of Children training, focusing on ways to spot signs of abuse, how to react if a child discloses abuse, and ways you can help children before, during, and after an outcry for help. This training is designed for adults who work with or around children, such as teachers, counselors, youth group leaders, and more.
5:30-8pmLebanon Police Department
201 E Main Street

Register now for Stewards of Children training

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These trainings can help you become aware of the scope of the issue, take actionable steps toward both preventing and responding to abuse, and create safer environments for the children in your life. They act as a guide for developing protective behaviors against abuse.

There are 5 steps to protecting children

These steps form a framework for preventing child sexual abuse. We’ll be going over them in detail at the training.

If we don’t understand child sexual abuse, we can’t end it. It is highly likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused. Experts estimate that one in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Safe environments can help reduce the risk of abuse. More than 80% of sexual abuse cases occur in isolated, one-on-one situations. Make sure interactions with children can be observed and interrupted.

Talking openly breaks down barriers and reduces stigma. Children often keep abuse a secret, but talking openly about our bodies, sex, and boundaries can encourage children to share and feel safe.

Signs of abuse aren’t always obvious, but they are often there. Emotional or behavioral changes are often the most common signs, rather than physical evidence. Trauma may be the root of what is typically labeled ‘bad’ or ‘difficult’ behavior.

It’s our responsibility to react appropriately to suspicion, disclosure, or discovery of abuse. Only 4% to 8% of reports of all sexual abuse are false. Understand how to respond to risky behaviors and suspicions or reports of abuse.

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