How you can help end child abuse

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. At Family Builders, we work to stop child abuse in Oklahoma every month of the year-and this is a great time to share ways that you can help end child abuse.

By learning how to identify the signs of abuse, you can be a voice for vulnerable children in your life.

Training for school personnel

Erin’s law, enacted in 2015 in Oklahoma, requires all public schools to provide training for teachers that includes:

  • How to recognize the child abuse, neglect and child sexual abuse
  • Proper reporting of suspect abuse

At Family Builders, we have been providing training that fits the Erin’s Law requirements for school personnel, parents and other child service professionals for four years.

We are proud to offer our “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” training free to area schools. If you’re concerned that your school, church, or daycare staff aren’t adequately trained, let’s talk about how we can remedy the situation.

Stranger Danger is NOT enough

Most often, children are abused by someone they know, love and trust. Ninety percent (90%) of sexually abused children know and trust their abuser and only ten percent (10%) of them will ever tell about their abuse. The Jerry Sandusky case is a prime example.

It’s critical that parents know and understand how predators groom a family, school, or church to gain access to children. Schools, churches, daycares, etc. need to know how to protect the children in their care.

Family Builders has a training called “More than Stranger Danger” designed to teach parents how to protect their children.

Every adult is a mandated reporter (yes, even you!)

In the state of Oklahoma, anyone over the age of eighteen who suspects child abuse is required to report it either to DHS or law enforcement. But do you know what to look for?

You don’t have to investigate and be certain that abuse is occurring before you make a report. In fact, you shouldn’t even try to investigate because you could make matters worse. But if you suspect abuse, you can make a difference in the life of that child by reporting it to the DHS child abuse hotline any day, any time at 1-800-522-3511.

Want to schedule a training for your school, church, or your parent group? Get in touch with us, and we’ll make it happen. Call or email Desiree at our office, 405-232-8226 or dpowell@familybuildersok.orgfor more information.

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