Workshop to Focus on Child Abuse Prevention
Pierce, Victoria, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Victoria Pierce Daily Herald Correspondent
Walk into almost any courthouse in the country and it's likely there will be cases on the docket involving the sexual abuse of children.
In the past, it was a taboo subject people just didn't talk about. Now efforts are under way to bring the issue out into the open to help prevent the abuse in the first place and help children who may have been victimized.
Corpus Christi Church in Carol Stream is offering a three-hour workshop for parents interested in learning about ways to identify potential problems and how to prevent the crime from occurring.
The workshop begins at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the church, 1415 Lies Road, Carol Stream. The program features the "Protecting God's Children" program endorsed by the Diocese of Joliet. All schools and religious education programs in the diocese are required to teach students and parents about the identification and prevention of sexual abuse of children by Nov. 30.
"Protecting God's Children" has been used to educate Corpus Christi staff members on the issue for the past three years. This year the church also decided to hold a workshop for interested parents because the issue is so important, said pastoral associate Kathie Brewer.
Brewer said the first part of the workshop addresses ways to identify potential problems. Parents should be wary of adults who give children questionable gifts that are perhaps too expensive or not age appropriate, she said.
In addition, the workshop video advises churches to close off isolated areas and cubby holes in their buildings. That helps limit access to areas where a predator could take a child and be alone for an extended period of time. …