Area professionals learned this week how to help a sexually-abused child as a county agency shed light on the subject.
Blair County (PA) Chamber of Commerce’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals program hosted the “Stewards of Children, Darkness 2 Light” child abuse training at the Devorris Downtown Center.
The Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center trained 90 people, said Jessica Meck, the chamber’s membership services and development vice president.
The program has been offered since 1997, Joddie Walker, the center’s executive director, said.
The nationally-recognized prevention program believes keeping kids safe from child sexual abuse is an adult’s responsibility, she said.
“Children are often taught how to keep themselves safe from sexual abuse – and that’s important for them to learn – but it’s no substitute for adult responsibility,” she said. “We make sure children wear seat belts. We walk them across busy streets. We store toxic household cleaners out of reach. Why, then, would we leave the job of preventing child-sexual abuse solely to children?”
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