Prevention

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Currently 1 in 10 children in the US are being sexually abused before their 18th birthday¹, including in Ottawa County. As many as 90% of victims of child sexual abuse knew their perpetrator, such as a family member or a coach.  Statistics like these, though they are true, can be overwhelming, and it sometimes feels like there is nothing we can do to make a difference. That is far from the truth! Both children and adults have the power to make our community safer. As adults, we put babies into car seats, we walk children across a busy street and we ask teenagers questions about where they are going and who they are going with, all to keep them safe. As adults, we have the same power and ability to keep the children in our lives safe from sexual abuse. Do you want to use your power to keep the children and youth in your life safe?

(MUST BE 18 TO ATTEND)

This training is intended for youth-serving organizations, community members, and anyone interested in keeping children safe. Participants will learn how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child-protective behaviors. Approximately 2 hours in duration.

Contact Prevention Director Amy Dalman at adalman@cac-ottawa.org to schedule a training.

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Students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade will learn about safe and unsafe touches, safety rules regarding unsafe touches, how to listen to their body’s reaction to different touches, what to do if someone tries to or does give them an unsafe touch, and who to tell about it. This information is presented in a nonthreatening and developmentally appropriate way. Approximately 25 to 60 minutes in duration.

This is a free program for all Kindergarten through Fourth Graders in Ottawa County.

Participants will receive a Mandated Reporter Toolkit with the latest research and information related to mandated reporting practices for the State of Michigan. Participants will learn what types of concerns need to be reported and who to contact.

Intended for school personnel, agency professionals and community members. Approximately 1 hour in duration.

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A one-hour presentation including 5 simple strategies to protect children and respond to sexual abuse:

Learn the key facts, Minimize Opportunity, Talk about it, Recognize the signs, React responsibly