A Light In The Community: ABC House Offers Free Training on Talking to Children About Sexual Abuse
Talking to your children, or youth in general, about abuse and the anatomy of their bodies can be a very tricky subject. Fortunately, ABC House offers free training for parents and those that work with kids to help them with this difficult topic.
There will be an event at ABC House titled “Darkness to Light: Talking with Children About Safety from Sexual Abuse” on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Albany. This training also includes an optional tour of the new ABC House beforehand.
This training includes lessons on how to approach the topic of abuse and our bodies with children in an age-appropriate way, setting boundaries with our bodies, as well as how to listen to them and notice key signs when it comes to these difficult situations. This is a video and facilitator-led discussion.
It’s also important to note that child care will not be available during the event time. Light refreshments will be available, though.
Before the training, there is also an optional tour of the ABC House. At the end of the training, participants will receive a certificate with their name on it. They may be able to earn Continuing Education Units from the training as well, depending on your profession. Registration is required to attend; it can be filled out on the ABC House website.
The ABC House was established in 1997 with a goal to prevent child abuse. They offer assessments, treatment, and support services. They also have post-trauma counseling and adult educational programs available. They’re a service that has impacted and helped thousands of children and families over the years.
Individuals impacted by the ABC House have gotten the support they needed and help in a variety of ways. Christina Marie, A mother of a child who has been helped by this service, is just one of many.
“They have been a huge support system, as I am not receiving counseling yet, and my child has just begun to,” says Marie. “If I have any questions regarding anything, I can always call them.”
This event is an opportunity for those with kids or even those with none at all. “Teaching children about their bodies, especially the appropriate names for body parts, is something a lot of us parents are uncomfortable with. Teaching the ways to avoid abuse plus the signs of abuse is something we all need,” Marie said.
Cassie Cruze, another mother who has gotten her family support and counseling through ABC House, believes this is a great program that can positively contribute to the healing in a child’s life, adding value to our entire community.
“I believe people should get involved to help children within their community to better themselves and help those affected by abuse to live positive lives after trauma,” Cruze said. “You become part of their success story.”
This event and the education it provides is something that can be helpful to anyone who works with kids such as teachers, daycare providers, and youth sports coaches. Attending these kinds of events, even if you don’t work with kids in your daily life, can still help you to better impact lives around you and truly make a difference.
If you, a family member, or anyone you may know is in a domestically abusive, sexually violent or abusive situation, there are plenty of resources beyond ABC House. Other sources to contact include the Department of Human Resources, the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, and the Center Against Rape And Domestic Violence.
Students and others can also go to a place here on campus to seek help: the Advising Center in Takena Hall. You can also report any kind of abuse, harassment, and threats you witness to the LBCC Campus Public Safety Office.
Story by Megan Freitas
AT A GLANCE:
ABC House is offering free training to the community to help people talk with children about sexual abuse.
Where: ABC House
228 SW 5th Ave, Albany, OR 97321
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 5
Department Of Human Resources
Corvallis: (541) 757-4201
National Sex Assault Telephone Hotline
Center Against Rape And Domestic Violence
Office: (541) 758-0219
LBCC Advising Center