PIKEVILLE – In recognition of Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month, Judi’s Place for Kids will offer events, training and facts for the prevention of child abuse.
This month and throughout the year, Judi’s Place for Kids encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Pike, Floyd, Magoffin, Johnson and Martin counties, a better place for children and families. Together we can prevent child sexual abuse by ensuring that adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly.
One in 10 children experiences the trauma of child sexual abuse before age 18, typically at the hands of someone they know and trust. As adults, we are responsible for protecting children and educating ourselves to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Judi’s Place for Kids partners with Darkness to Light to provide child abuse prevention training to adults that strengthens our community and keeps our kids safe. This training, called Stewards of Children®, is based on The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™. The 5 steps are: Learn the Facts, Minimize Opportunity, Talk About It, Recognize the Signs, and React Responsibly.
“Protecting children is of the utmost importance and April reminds us that child sexual abuse is a threat to children in all communities,” said Laura Kretzer, Executive Director for Judi’s Place for Kids. “Adults should learn the facts about child sexual abuse and be prepared to intervene to protect the children in their lives.” Stewards of Children training is scheduled at the Johnson County Public Library April 20 at 1 p.m. and April 21 at 5:30. Both sessions are open to the public.
The training is provided at no cost due to fundraising efforts and support from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, according to Kretzer. “Not many people know that purchasing license plates and checking to box on tax forms is an easy way to support Child Victims’ Trust Fund,” she said. The Child Victims’ Trust Fund is administered by the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, an independent board established in 1984 and staffed by the Attorney General’s Office. County clerks’ offices have “I Care About Kids” license plates. Kentucky income tax forms have a box to check and the amount to donate.
Judi’s Place for Kids 9th Annual Run with Courage is the center’s biggest fundraiser. Run with Courage is set for 9 a.m. April 9 at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Main Street in Pikeville. Registration can be done online at www.judisplace.org.
Another event to raise awareness against child abuse is the National Spank Out Day April 30, in cooperation with University of Pikeville Social Work students and other area organizations. Judi’s Place for Kids will have a booth at Pikeville Wal-Mart and other area businesses with information about alternatives to physical discipline.
For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, and throughout the year, contact Judi’s Place for Kids at 606-437-7447 or online at www.judisplace.org.