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Prevention Programs

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU? Adams County Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Project

Everyone deserves to live in a community where children are safe and families are strong. 
Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to preventing child abuse and to help children and families heal from the trauma of abuse.  
Sexual abuse comprised nearly half (48%) of substantiated cases of child maltreatment in Pennsylvania in 2016.
PA ranked highest in the nation, at roughly 5.5 times the national average, according to the 2016 Child Maltreatment Report released by the Children’s Bureau.  In Adams County, during the past three years, 77% of the referrals made to ACCAC were for child sexual abuse.

The impact of abuse can have life-long traumatic consequences for its survivors. Child sexual abuse survivors are three to four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and twice as likely to drop out of school, have a teenage pregnancy, and suffer serious mental health issues.


But we, as adults, can prevent child abuse.  Experts believe that when 5% of a community’s adults learn about child sexual abuse prevention; that is the “tipping point” in reducing child abuse in their community.

Will you be one of the 5%? Will you commit to learning how to recognize, prevent and act responsibly; protecting children from sexual abuse in Adams County? Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center (ACCAC) is offering a variety of FREE child abuse prevention trainings throughout Adams County.  ACCAC staff can also conduct trainings at your location, tailored to your audience.

FREE Trainings For Adults:

What If I Told You?  This 45 minute seminar/Q & A is geared to adults who want to learn how child abuse affects children throughout their life, and what they , as individuals, can do to prevent, recognize , react appropriately and report incidences of suspected child abuse.   

How Can I Prevent Child Abuse?  This 45 minute seminar explores ACCAC’s work helping child victims and their families to heal from the trauma of abuse; followed by a facilitated discussion exploring the ways in which we, as adults, can work collaboratively to prevent child abuse in our community. Suggested audiences:  community groups, professional organizations, businesses serving children/families.

Darkness to Light’s: Stewards of Children: This nationally recognized, evidence based 2 hour training  seeks to improve knowledge of child sexual abuse (CSA) , decrease myths surrounding CSA, and increase preventive behaviors such as calling in possible allegation of CSA, including the facts about CSA, how to minimize opportunity for children to be sexually abused, how to talk about CSA, how to recognize the signs of CSA and how to act responsibly.

Interested in attending a training in your area or scheduling an individualized seminar at your school, organization or place of business? Contact: Elida Murray, Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center
                                                               Email: emurray@kidsagaincac.org  Phone: (717) 337-9888

              
FREE Training For Organizations:

Within Our Walls- Preventing Child Abuse:  This 1.5 hour training is geared to community organizations wishing to develop a greater awareness of the issues surrounding child abuse (for example: faith based, sports, parent groups, businesses serving children & families). This training is especially useful for organizations   launching a review of their culture, practices and policies surrounding children. The seminar consists of 2 parts:

Part 1 – A 30 minute seminar explores the issue of child abuse in Adams County, provides a brief overview of ACCAC’s work helping child victims and their families to heal from the trauma of abuse and identifies common factors and scenarios creating the potential for child abuse in organizational settings.

Part 2- A 1 hour facilitated discussion exploring the ways in which the host organization interacts with children; how activities are monitored and overseen: reviews current practices to ensure children are sufficiently protected :and identifies ways in which the host organization can work collaboratively to prevent child abuse in the community.


FREE Trainings for Children:

Speak Up Be Safe: This 45 minute training is designed for ages 5-12 and is conducted in classroom or community settings.  Children will learn:

  • How to verbalize the importance of safety and safety rules.
  • Demonstrate age appropriate knowledge of child abuse including – types of child abuse, who abuses children, and strategies used by abusers to hurt children, including secrets, tricks, force, gifts and bribes.
  • Understand the warning signs and strategies of bullying.
  • Distinguish between safe and unsafe situations.
  • Understand what makes an adult safe and identify at least 2 or more safe adults.
     

FREE Training for Families:

Child Abuse Prevention for Young Families: ACCAC provides combination training for families, consisting of the 45 minute “What if I Told You?” seminar for parents, coaches, youth group leaders, while children (ages 5-10) simultaneously attend the “Speak Up Be Safe” training.  This combo training is especially beneficial to youth groups, faith-based organizations, sports organizations, etc.

Internet Awareness for Parents and Adolescents: During this 1.5 hour session, facilitated discussion and adolescent/parent activities are utilized to open the dialogue between adolescents (ages 9-13) and their parents about internet use.  Throughout the session, benefits and potential risks are explored as each family works to create an individualized “Internet Safety Plan”.


Interested in attending a training  in your area or scheduling an individualized seminar at your school, organization or place of business? Contact: Elida Murray, Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center
                                                               Email: emurray@kidsagaincac.org  Phone: (717) 337-9888  




 



 

Adams County Mental and Behavioral Health Providers

This information was put together by Healthy Adams County and provides a comprehensive resource guide for Mental & Behavioral health in our local community.

Adams County Mental & Behavioral Health Providers.12.2019 updated