Greenfield forum to talk child abuse prevention

Staff Report

Published: 05-26-2023 12:22 PM

GREENFIELD — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Communities That Care Coalition will host a forum on preventing child sexual abuse at Greenfield Middle School on Thursday.

This collaboration welcomes MassKids, a private child abuse prevention organization that directs the Enough Abuse Campaign, to provide content from its prevention curriculum as part of this forum, which will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“Parents, caregivers, and school and youth organization employees can serve as critical lifelines for children,” Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Jeffrey Trant said in a statement, “so this community forum will allow us to help them gain knowledge about the issue and provide them with the training and policy tools they need to effectively prevent it from happening in the first place.”

Trant will facilitate the forum, which includes an open discussion and audience question-and-answer session.

Parents, caregivers and anyone who works with children and families can attend to learn about the issue and what they can do to keep kids safe. Speakers include Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and MassKids Director Jetta Bernier.

“Children from every community and from all economic, racial and cultural groups are included in the estimated one in 10 children who are victims of child sexual abuse,” Bernier said in a statement. “This means that as many as 100,000 Massachusetts children are experiencing sexual misconduct or abuse in their homes or communities.”

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The forum is free and dinner will be provided. Registration is appreciated and can be done online at tinyurl.com/5dvfz69r.

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