April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Summit Area YMCA is joining Y's across the country to increase awareness of how to recognize the signs and prevent child sexual abuse. The YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to our communities. This two-hour training is designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety and prevention is every adult’s responsibility.

• 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
• In 90% of cases, the child knows and trusts the abuser.
• 1 in 5 children are sexually assaulted while on the Internet.
• Survivors of child sexual abuse have a higher likelihood of psychological disorders, excessive drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and violence.

Oftentimes, the topic of child sexual abuse may cause discomfort and is often glossed over in polite conversation. However, it is important for all adults to learn the signs in order to best protect the children around us. Child sexual abuse is not limited to any specific class, race, gender, ethnicity or age. For Marilyn Van Derbur, she was a highly successful woman who graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors at the University of Colorado, became homecoming queen, Miss America 1958, and more—and yet, she was also a survivor of child sexual abuse from her father from age 5 to 18. Understanding the realities about child sexual abuse provides you with a powerful tool to protect kids: knowledge.

Help in the prevention of child sexual abuse – learn how to recognize and react responsibly.
For more information on training sessions please contact Eileen Morris at eileen.morris@theSAY.org, call (908) 273-4270 ext. 3209, or visit http://bit.ly/theSAYD2L

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