Joyce Prusak, executive director of Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, and Elena Cawley, outreach coordinator, have completed training to become authorized Darkness to Light facilitators. Prusak and Cawley are now authorized to train community members to spot red flags and prevent child abuse.
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program educates adults to react appropriately to child sexual abuse. The program’s goal is to end child abuse through training adults to recognize and prevent child abuse. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children programs are “the only evidence-informed, adult-focused child sexual abuse prevention trainings proven to increase knowledge and change behavior,” according to www.d2l.org.
Thanks to a grant Coffee County CAC received, Prusak and Cawley are now authorized to train adults in the community, and these training sessions are free.
Protect children Adults have responsibility to protect children. Child sexual abuse involves sexual contact between a child and an adult; or a sexual contact between a child and another child who forces sexual contact. Statistics show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused by age 18; and 95 percent of victims are abused by someone they know and trust.
Adults have obligation to protect children, and adult education is essential to preventing child abuse.
For more information about training or to schedule a training session, please call Elena Cawley at 931-723-8888 or email email@example.com.