Group aims to raise awareness of child sexual abuse
“Their voices cry out to God and we need to hear them.”
That was the powerful message delivered by Deb Helt in a Reading Berks Conference of Churches-sponsored workshop last week about Samaritan SafeChurch, a Lancaster County group that helps congregations raise awareness about child sexual abuse.
The workshop was part of the first-ever Christian Resource Expo at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St.
Helt, a senior facilitator and congregational support specialist for Samaritan SafeChurch, said, “We want churches to be safe places for people to come.”
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