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Mitchell County implementing initiative to end sexual abuse

Posted at 6:45 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 17:27:37-04

MITCHELL COUNTY, Ga. (WALB) - With sexual abuse happening more often across the country, a couple Southwest Georgia counties are joining forces to end this in school-aged children.

The Mitchell Advisory Council has implemented a training initiative called, 'Stewards of Children' training led by a national company called 'Darkness to Light.'

Residents in Camilla, Newton, and Pelham will be able to learn the facts of sexual abuse, how to minimize this, and how to recognize the signs of children being abused.

"It's our jobs as adults to protect children and to advocate for these children. If we're not being these trusted adults that these children can come to, to keep them safe then the abuse is just going to keep happening," said Katherine Jones of the Mitchell Advisory Council. "The cycle is just going to be perpetuated. It's just going to keep going."

The next training will be held in Pelham on Monday at the Pelham Police Department.

This will begin at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The first 20 people to RSVP, will receive the training free, others must pay $15 for the session.