The Ellenville Central School District will host a free community education presentation - “Protecting our Children from Sexual and Other Abuse” - on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Ellenville High School. Childcare will be provided.
The presentation is in partnership with the Congregation Ezrath Israel Chabad and the Wawarsing Council of Agencies and will be facilitated by the Ulster County Family and Child Advocacy Center. The program is based on the work of Cory Jewell Jensen, co-director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention, who developed the workshop in 2000 as a way to share information learned from convicted sex offenders with parents and community groups.
The facts are startling: One out of ten children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Sex offenders work just as hard to deceive adults as they do to seduce and silence the children they abuse. Prevention begins before there is a victim. This program will educate attendees about child molestation and the ways they can help prevent the crime of child abuse. Some of the covered topics include: the role of the family and child advocacy center; common seduction and deception tactics used by offenders; why offenders pick certain children, families, and organizations; tips for talking to children about abuse; practical child and family safety rules; and what to do if you suspect abuse or if a child discloses abuse.
Any adult interested in learning how to prevent child sexual abuse should attend, especially parents; educators (including administrators, school board members, teachers, and all other employees); physical and mental health professionals; law enforcement and probation personnel; legislators; faith-based community leaders and volunteers; social service personnel; leaders and volunteers of youth serving organizations; and child and victim advocacy program personnel.
In addition to the presentation, representatives from several community resource agencies will be present to share information and offer assistance.
Warning: This program incorporates videotaped interviews with convicted sex offenders and graphic discussion about child sex crimes. Teens and children should not attend, however childcare will be provided.
For more information, contact Jill Aguanno at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-334-5155.