Germantown Tn. First In Nation for Child Sexual Abuse Training
We salute Darkness to Light and the city of Germantown, Tennessee for being the first in the nation to provide such crucial and effective funding for employees who work with children, from police officers to parks and recreation workers. All received training on how to prevent and report child sexual abuse.
Why isn’t this training mandatory for every city, state and government employee across the country? This training should be mandatory in all cities and states. Why isn’t it? Is it funding? Is it lack of concern on society to acknowledge abuse is happening on a massive scale? Consider this: Over half the country has suffered abuse, a quarter of our children are sexually abused, 1 in 5 women are raped (many men too), and 1 in 3 women (men too) are victims of intimate partner violence and the price in terms of real dollars out of all our pockets to pay for the ravages of abuse…500 billion dollars or if you like, the cost of running 5 Iraq wars consecutively each and every year.
Showing us how to do better is Darkness to Light and the city of Germantown Tennessee, where they are shining examples of where, we can do better. Working together we can stop abuse and it will take all of us to do it no doubt. The plan is daring and audacious but the plan is the best plan we have at beating abuse and with everyone’s involvement, we can succeed in doing so in 25 years. When we said audacious, we meant it. It’s not impossible and the moment to get involved is now. Be the change. Get involved. Take the pledge to stop abuse here. Because if you have a heart in your body, abuse stops with you.
Germantown First In Nation for Child Sexual Abuse Training
(Germantown, TN) – Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy and the city of Germantown are leading the way when it comes to protecting children from sexual abuse.
“[Children] expect and they deserve and we need to offer them the protection and support that only adults can give them,” said Goldsworthy.
The city is the first in the nation to receive the Partner in Prevention status given out by the Darkness to Light organization.
All of Germantown’s employees who work with children, from police officers to parks and recreation workers have all received training on how to prevent and report child sexual abuse. Around 275 employees have been through the three hour training.
“Child sexual abuse happens in every community in our country and all children are at risk,” said Virginia Stallworth, who heads up the training for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
She says even the Germantown is known to be a safe community, children are still at risk there. Stallworth hopes more cities across the Mid-South will follow in the footsteps of Germantown and be good stewards of children.
“The information that we provide in the training helps adults recognize the dynamics, the patterns, the grooming techniques used by perpetrators to gain access to the kids,” said Stallworth.
Germantown hopes to also make this training possible for city volunteers who workwith children. For more information on the program, you can call 888-4363.
To report child sexual abuse call 1-877-237-0004.