VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) – The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office teamed up with the Lampion Center to help prevent the sexual abuse of children.
Sheriff Eric Williams, his deputies and staff attended three hours of training through the Stewards of Children Program.
The program is designed to teach deputies how to prevent, recognize and react to signs of abuse.
Sheriff Williams said if his office learns how to protect children, they can take that knowledge into the community.
“We find a lot of times that the active employees of the sheriff’s office are also are little league coaches and doing a lot of things with youth in our community so to give them the tools to be the expert that sometimes the community expects them to be while they are in those roles, but it teaches them how to do things to make sure that the opportunity for sexual child abuse doesn’t occur,” Sheriff Williams said.
The sheriff said nationwide, one out of four girls and one of six boys will experience a form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.