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Southwest GA communities start initiative to end sexual abuse against children

Southwest GA communities start initiative to end sexual abuse against children
Southwest GA communities start initiative to end sexual abuse against children
Posted at 3:24 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 23:27:40-04

(WTXL) - According to the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, one in 10 children will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18.

It happens everywhere, including in Southwest Georgia.

The Mitchell Advisory Council has implemented a training initiative called Stewards of Children training.

It's led by a national company called Darkness to Light.

Folks in Camilla, Newton and Pelham will be able to learn the facts of sexual abuse, how to minimize it and how to recognize the signs of a child being abused.

"It's our jobs as adults to protect children and to advocate for these children," said Katherine Jones, the coordinator. "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. 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 at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30.

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