Stamping out sexual abuse of kids needs your help

These statistics knocked us off our perch: One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. If that doesn’t upset you, consider more than 90 percent of sexually-abused kids actually know their abuser. This madness has to cease. We’re in the middle of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Chaucie’s Place, the advocacy center of which Current is a sponsor, is conducting a key program on April 23 at the Fishers Library; it should prove well worth the time of any interested parents, teachers, coaches and/or volunteers. The program, Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children, is a comprehensive sexual abuse prevention-training program that educates adults how to avert, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program includes a three-part DVD presentation, an interactive workbook and a facilitator-led discussion. The cost is $15 per person for the session running from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Chaucie’s Place tells us attendees will gain increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse; new skills for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse; positive change to organizational policies and procedures; and individual commitment to action through a personal prevention plan. For more information, please contact Chaucie’s Place at 759-8008.

By Brian Kelly and Steve Greenberg