In our modern society, the safety and well-being of our children are of utmost importance. Yet, child sexual abuse remains a pervasive issue that demands our attention and action. To address this critical concern, parents and members of the community are invited to participate in an informative workshop aimed at increasing awareness and preventing instances of child sexual abuse.

The first presentation of this nature was held back in May, and organizers were thrilled a the response. Another workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2024, and it will be held at the Williams County Commission Room in Williston. Two sessions will be available: from 9 am to 11 am, and from 7 pm to 9 pm, ensuring accessibility for all interested individuals.

Expert Guidance on Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention

The workshop will feature distinguished speakers, including Lt. Detective Caleb Fry from the William's County Sheriff's Office and Holly Votava, CPS Lead Worker with the North Star Human Service Zone. With their expertise and experience, attendees will gain valuable insights into recognizing the signs of child sexual abuse, understanding grooming tactics employed by offenders, and learning how to effectively communicate with their children about this sensitive topic.

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Unprecedented Insights: Former Offenders-Developed Workshop for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

What sets this workshop apart is its unique approach to content development. Individuals receiving treatment for child molestation at the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon, have meticulously created the program materials. By drawing from the perspectives of former offenders, the workshop offers unparalleled insights into the tactics and behaviors associated with child sexual abuse.

Empowering Communities: Understanding and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore key questions, such as the prevalence of child sexual abuse, the characteristics of grooming behaviors, and the number of offenders within our communities. By arming ourselves with knowledge and understanding, we can work together to create safer environments for our children.

This workshop, which the Burke, Divide, Renville, Williams North Star Human Service Zone, and the County Sheriff's Office are hosting, highlights our shared commitment to helping and defending our community's most defenseless citizens—its children. Join in this important endeavor to safeguard the innocence and well-being of our youth.

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