At least one in seven children has been the victim of abuse or neglect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center, a local forensic interviewing and advocacy center, is hosting a free child abuse prevention training on October 4, which will teach participants the best ways to spot the signs of child abuse. , how to respond if a child discloses abuse, and ways to help children before, during and after asking for help.
Darkness 2 Light (D2L) Stewards of Children will lead the lineup alongside Sylvia. D2L runs similar trainings across the country teaching adults the same tools.
“These trainings can help you realize the magnitude of the problem, take concrete steps to prevent and respond to abuse, and create safer environments for the children in your life,” the event description reads. “They act as a guide to developing protective behaviors against abuse.
There are five steps to protecting children from sexual abuse: Learn the facts, minimize the opportunity, talk about it, recognize the signs and respond responsibly.
The training is designed for adults who work with and around children such as teachers, counsellors, youth group leaders and more. Everyone is welcome.
Registration for the course is free and can be done online at slyviascac.org. The course runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lebanon Police Department, 201 E. Main St., Lebanon.