Monday, June 29, 2009

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they reach eighteen. That is why there is a program in Idaho Falls that wants to educate leaders and other adults to try to prevent and stop sexual abuse of kids.

The program shows videos of survivors who tell their stories of being abused by friends and family members.

The instruction also shows how to prevent and recognize abuse. It also teaches how to react once the abuse is reported so that the child would only have to be interviewed once by law enforcement and counselors.

Brandi Warnke is a licensed social worker and says that, "The child who discloses sexual abuse is going out on a very scary limb. And so the adult the information is disclosed to has to be aware of how to handle that appropriately, so the child doesn't have to continuously have to face the trauma, over and over and over."

Warnke says sexual abuse is like a silent epidemic and the program helps educate people to make a change in the community.

She hopes to expand the programs to the schools.

For information on classes you can call Brandi Warnke at 681-1945

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