As the Penn State University child sexual abuse scandal proves, we can’t let our guard down when it comes to protecting our children from predators.
Kids’ Space — Muskogee County’s child advocacy center — is taking steps to help citizens prevent child sexual abuse with a new preventative training program.
Kids’ Space is offering free three-hour training sessions for youth-serving organizations and individuals in Muskogee County.
“Stewards of Children” teaches participants specific tools for recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse.
Training sessions will teach participants to evaluate policies of children’s schools and sports teams for example, said Lindsey Groom, Kids’ Space’s family/victim advocate.
We are grateful that Kids’ Space is offering this training and would encourage any group or individual that serves children to participate.
Muskogee County had the fifth-highest number of child abuse cases in Oklahoma in 2011, according to the state Department of Human Services. Last year, child advocacy centers in Oklahoma counties reported serving 6,291 children — 4,508 of whom were sexually abused — according to the National Children’s Alliance.
That’s way too many children who had to live through the horror of abuse.
You can help
For more information on the Stewards of Children Child Abuse Prevention seminar, contact Lindsey Groom, Family/Victim Advocate & Certified Facilitator at (918) 682-4204 or LGroom@crosstel.net