|A training to help protect children from sexual abuse will be held in May at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The event is open to the public.
The program will be presented on Saturday, May 4, from 3-5pm at St. Andrew, 140 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City. It is aimed at all who spend time with children and youth: Parents, grandparents, church staffs and volunteers, Scout leaders, and paid or volunteer teachers at day cares, preschools, schools, churches, and extracurricular programs and activities.
The program will be presented by Sarah Leckband, a facilitator at the University of Iowa’s Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City. The program, called Darkness To Light, equips adults to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program website, darkness2light.org, says 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday–this means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know or care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse.
The training is free but registration is required. To attend, email Heather Woodin at email@example.com