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Coalition to offer child sexual abuse prevention training

In observation of national Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Community Coalition to Protect Children will host Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South College Auditorium, 400 Goody’s Lane. The training is an evidence-based program recognized by the National Children’s Alliance as the most effective tool to stop child sexual abuse. Local youth-serving agencies will be on hand before the training beginning at 5:30 p.m. to offer information about their services. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by April 4 by clicking here.

“So many children brave horrible abuses alone. Statistics show that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18, and some studies’ rates are even higher,” said Amy Rowling, violence prevention educator for the Knox County Health Department and co-facilitator of the Community Coalition to Protect Children. “What’s also heartbreaking is that 90 percent of victims are abused by someone they know and trust. These statistics are staggering and speak to the need for more training for adults to help protect our children.”

Ambler Brown, co-facilitator of the Community Coalition to Protect Children and prevention specialist for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee, will conduct the training, which walks participants through a five-step approach. The session includes survivor stories, expert advice and practical guidance. Parents, those who work with children, and anyone who is interested are encouraged to attend.

According to the Child Welfare League of America, in 2013, more than 10,300 children were victims of abuse or neglect in Tennessee, which is a 3 percent increase from 2012. Of these children, 68.2 percent were neglected, 25.2 percent were sexually abused and 12.3 percent were physically abused.

“Victims of abuse can be affected for a lifetime, and can suffer from emotional and health issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, challenges with relationships, alcohol or drug abuse, and eating disorders,” added Rowling.

Created to teach adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, the Community Coalition to Protect Children includes the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services East Tennessee Region, Lakeway Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, Omni Visions, Inc., Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Therapy Center and Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Renaissance Recovery Group, East Tennessee Council on Children and Youth, Family Justice Center, Tennessee Nurses Association, Childhelp, Anderson County Schools, Kids First Child Advocacy Center, University of Tennessee College of Social Work, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Knox County Schools, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee, and Knox County Health Department.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
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1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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