Region 4 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative Announced

Mayor Annise Parker, The Children’s Assessment Center and YMCA of Greater Houston announced that 600 Region 4 public school teachers will receive child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention and response training.  Scheduled for August 21, 2013, this will be the largest single-day training of its kind.  In all, more than 4,100 Houston area public school teachers will receive CSA prevention training over the next year.

This groundbreaking effort supports a common goal of enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life for children and families in Houston. Their collaboration leverages the resources and expertise each organization has to offer in a concerted effort to maximize the program’s reach and impact.

On Tuesday, August 20, 30 individuals will receive training to become authorized facilitators (trainers) of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training program. Twenty-four hours later, these 30 facilitators will then train 600 public school teachers how to prevent CSA, recognize the signs of sexual abuse, and respond if abuse is suspected. The two-hour Stewards of Children training an evidence-informed program designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. This training acts as a starting point for similar collaborative Stewards of Children seminars across the State of Texas.  Prevention programs in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio will train nearly 15,000 public school teachers by the end of 2013.

“The work of protecting our children is the responsibility of the adults in their lives,” said Mayor Parker. “With the help of these two extraordinary agencies, The Children’s Assessment Center and the YMCA of Greater Houston, we will be able to educate a large number of adults who can help to keep our children safe from those that would harm them.  We hope this program model will inspire other cities and communities across the nation to make the commitment to prevention.”

Elaine Stolte, Executive Director for The Children’s Assessment Center added, “The Children’s Assessment Center is excited to be training nearly 600 teachers tomorrow on how to recognize, respond and report child sexual abuse.  The future of our community depends on healthy and happy children and we are grateful to be part of this exciting national prevention curriculum to change child protective behaviors.  As a leader in the advocacy center movement we are embracing the opportunity to be a leader in training our teachers to keep our children safe.

For more infromation on the initiative please contact Tammy Hetmaniak @ 713-983-3482or