2018-01-11 / Happenings

Stewards of Child Abuse Prevention workshop Jan. 19

The Crawford-Roscommon Child Protection Council (CRCPC) and Hon­orable Judge Mark Jernigan are hosting the Stewards of Child Sexual Abuse Pre­vention workshop Jan. 19.

The workshop will be held at the Roscommon County Courthouse in the probate/family courtroom from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the workshop, par­ticipants will learn the facts about child sexual abuse, how to recognize signs of sexual abuse and how to react responsi­bly when a child discloses or when an adult discovers or suspects sexual abuse. Attendees will also learn how to prevent sexual abuse before it happens and how to recognize unsafe behaviors by adults. Participants can include individual com­munity members, law enforcement, area leaders, school administrators and court personnel.

CRCPC Coordinator Tammy Tyler said that Jernigan’s offering to use his courtroom for the workshop is “such a nice thing” because he is not only en­dorsing the workshop, but recognizing the need for the education in the com­munity.

“We as a community need to come together to protect kids,” Tyler said.

The goal of the CRCPC is to raise awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse will be per­petrated on one out of every 10 children before they reach the age of 18. To put it another way, in a community with a population of 10,000 children, 1,000 of those children will become victims of sexual abuse before they become adults. Prevention training for adults creates a culture of awareness. It gives people the skills to create safer environments. It makes people more willing to intervene in unsafe behaviors by adults with chil­dren. The information learned from the workshop can then be taken to all areas of the community to stop abuse.

Stewards of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention is the only nationally avail­able program scientifically proven to in­crease knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. This training is appropriate for any adult and will teach participants how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

The program is being brought to the community through a partnership between Roscommon County Commu­nity Foundation and the Youth Advisory Council of Roscommon. Tyler said the two entities came together to provide a $2,500 grant to help provide the work­books for the program. She added that the CRCPC works in partnership with the Northern Michigan Children’s As­sessment Center to bring awareness and prevention education on child sexual abuse to the community.

For information or to register for the workshop, call Tyler at (989) 915-2752.

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