Estimates are that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach their eighteenth birthday. However, only one in ten will tell. That means it is up to adults to watch out for children and be alert to the clues a child or youth might exhibit after being sexually abused. “Stewards of Children” is a three hour class that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
“The verbal feedback and written evaluations from past participants have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Barber. “One common theme from those who have taken the class is that they want everyone working with children to have this training.”
Many of the past participants expressed how this will help them personally with their own children as well as with the children they encounter as they work and volunteer in schools, churches, sports leagues, etc.
“This training addresses the serious subject of child sexual abuse,” said Barber “and it does illustrate the devastating effects child sexual abuse has on its victims. However, it also has a clear and inspiring message that healing is possible. Plus, the class empowers you to have several clear, concrete ideas of how you can dramatically reduce the risk of children being sexually abused.”
The next Stewards training session is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham. The class is free because of donations to the center. Seating is limited. Register now by contacting Tara at (903) 583-4339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.fanninccc.org.