Darkness to Light: Help prevent child abuse

JESSICA GREGORY:::

Statistically, one in four girls will be sexually abused before she turns 18 years old.

The Spalding Collaborative has joined the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in a statewide initiative to curb these numbers by presenting Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” child abuse prevention training.

According to the Collaborative, “Stewards of Children” is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven to be effective in education adults to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through promoting healthy communication and implementing prevention policies in organizations.

Spalding County’s goal is to train at least local 2,400 adults with this program, according to Molli Pruitt with the Spalding County Health Department.

The training will be held on Friday, July 19 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Spalding County Health Department at 1007 Memorial Drive in Griffin, and includes a three-hour video-based training with segments from both survivors and professionals working in the field.  Each participant will receive an interactive workbook, Seven Steps booklet, an opportunity to participate in a facilitated group discussion, and a certificate of completion.

To register, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QSVFLKY or get in touch with Molli Pruitt at 770-584-7592 or mdashmore@dhr.state.ga.us.  The participation fee is $15 per person.

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