I attended training in Delaware this past weekend regarding an organization that is promoting child sexual abuse prevention & awareness training. The training provides you with video testimonials from actual survivors of child sexual abuse and from experts who deal with sexual abuse and its prevention. Hearing about this effort made me think about this topic in relation to the children we work to place through PWNL.

Often times we are focused on what to do AFTER sexual abuse of a child has occurred but it is also important to recognize what we can do as parents, child welfare professionals or anyone who cares about the well being of children to PREVENT child sexual abuse from ever occurring or recurring.

Currently, it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthdays. We know these numbers to be higher for children in foster care.  So, what can we do to protect our children?

It is important to educate yourself.  Consider taking the online training below.  It is designed to help you understand better how sexual abuse can occur and what can be done to prevent it.  Personally, it helped me to understand that sexual abuse is a community problem and that preventing this type of abuse needs to be a community effort. It will also help you to identify important questions that you can ask yourself in order to ensure the children you interact with are safe from sexual abusers.

The training can be taken online for a fee of only $10.  If we have enough expressed interest, we may also host a facilitated training through this program later this year.   Please visit the link below for more information on the training offered by Darkness to Lights’ Stewarts of Children™:

http://www.d2l.org/site/c.4dICIJOkGcISE/b.6243681/k.86C/Child_Sexual_Abuse_Prevention_Training.htm