Statistics on the number of sexually abused children in America are staggering and sickening. My mind-and heart-can barely comprehend these facts. Yet it has happened to a child we know or see every day, perhaps to one we personally love. Many caregivers are naive (myself included) and uneducated about the issue of child sexual abuse. I am just a grandmother who desires to see her grandchild grow up in a safe environment where his innocence remains intact. So I cannot offer words of professional advice. But many programs and tool are available to help us learn how to protect our kids from this awful plague.
- 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused
- Over 90% of abusers are known to the child
- Over 60% of teenage mothers were sexually abused
- 20% of victims are under 8 years old
**Information from the D2L website**
The Darkness To Light training is available online and through social service programs. I have spent a lot of time on the website and it offers a multitude of information to help us know what to do and to look for in protecting our kids. One of the programs is called Stewards of Children-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Program. The online class takes about 2.5 hours to complete and can be done in phases. One may stop at any point and resume at the same point later. Several classes are offered for only $10 each and a certificate of completion is issued upon completion.
The following is direct from the website itself:
What Topics are Covered in Stewards of Children?
- Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse.
- The types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur.
- Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse.
- The importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults.
- The signs of sexual abuse so you that you might intervene and be able to react responsibly.
What Outcomes can I Expect?
- Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse
- New skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
- Proactive, positive input to change organizational policies and procedures
- Individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan
As much as I wish this subject did not affect us and our precious children who have already suffered so much, it does so we have to be proactive and protective.Please visit the site whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or a person who desires to see children safe from the predators that seek to destroy them.
“We are not just raising grandchildren. We are saving lives.”