A workshop offering adults and parents signs to look for in the fight to stop child sexual abuse goes middle of the month in Dawson Creek. Adults can become more supportive of children and begin using more behaviors that to help reduce children’s vulnerability to sexual abuse, says organizers.
“It helps parents see signs in children and or situations,” says Johanna Kunz, regional coordinator with Success by 6.
“Throughout the year we try to host speaker series and workshops for the public, This one is about identifying signs. It is a huge topic and it gives parents some tools,” she says.
The Prevent It! workshop will educates adults to gain knowledge to take action and respond, as experts estimate 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse. While 95% of those children know their perpetrator, 95% of cases also go unreported.
“All adults nee to prevent and protect children,” adds Kunz.
Erin Martin and Peter Silverston from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, note the Prevent It! program is unique.
“A comprehensive review shows no previous similar approach,” notes the study.
It was also noted participants saw an overall increase in accurate knowledge about Child Sexual Abuse, less adherence to myths about Child Sexual Abuse, and talked about more Child Sexual Abuse related topics with children in their lives.
In addition, the study noted the amount of recommended organizational prevention strategies being used tripled.
“In those that were a part of an organization when they took the program.”
Glori Meldrum founded Little Warriors in August 2005 and granted charitable status in February 2007. Since then, volunteers and staff work on the action based charitable organization to bring awareness, offer prevention education and treatment for children who have experienced child sexual abuse. The workshop goes 6 to 9 pm Sept. 15 in the Co-op mall, suite 117. While the workshop is free, pre-registration is required at 250-467-0901.