Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse Focus Of Workshop

Keeping Kids Safe is the theme of a special event for the communities of Fulton, Oswego and surrounding cities and towns on May 31 from 10 a.m. – noon, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 64 Gillespie Road, Fulton.

Parents, caregivers and teens are especially encouraged to attend.

Karrie Damm, director of the Oswego County Child Advocacy Center; Lt. Zach Misztal of Oswego City Police; Megan Bittel and Chelsea Kaye-Bidinger from Oswego County Opportunities will speak on the dangers and results of child sexual abuse and also what parents and caregivers can do to protect their children, youth and loved ones.

Assemblyman Will Barclay will inform us as to what legislation is available and what is hopefully to come to help the victims of sexual abuse.

Brittney Jerred will offer children’s books for sale on the difficult subject of keeping kids safe.

Dianne Klafehn, Cherish All Children Upstate NY coordinator, said, “April is known as Child Abuse Prevention Month. But, abuse, particularly the sexual abuse of children, teens and young adults, knows no month.  It is at epidemic proportions across the state, the country and the world. Darkness To Light’s ( Stewards of Children states that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. The Oswego County Child Advocacy Center states that 232 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in 2012.”

Klafehn added, “We are coming to the close of another school year when our children will be home alone or with friends.  Summer can be a vulnerable time for them and a stressful time for parents.”

The event is hosted by women of Grace Lutheran Church, Oswego, and is free.

Beverages will be available.

For more information, contact Klafehn at 315-216-4416 or [email protected]