YMCAs Launch Child Sex Abuse Initiative

SHREWSBURY – The Community YMCA has joined forces with YMCAs across New Jersey and the nonprofit Darkness to Light to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Through this statewide initiative, The Community YMCA is offering Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention training to adults in Monmouth County. The award-winning training program was created by Darkness to Light to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse.

Free, in-person, facilitator-led trainings are open to the public and may be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, school districts, faith centers and nonprofit organizations. Local businesses, large or small, are encouraged to participate. The first in-person training will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Y’s administration office, 170 Patterson Ave. Those who wish to attend may RSVP by sending an email to hchurch@cymca.org. No-cost online training is also available for New Jersey residents now through April 23. Continuing education credits for professionals in various fields can be obtained through this training.

To date, The Community YMCA has trained 25 facilitators and instructors have already educated over 140 people. The Community YMCA has also made a commitment to train all of its adult full-time and part-time employees in the Stewards of Children curriculum by April 23.

 

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