Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy Holds Statewide Trainings in Honor of World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse November 19

Abuse of children and adolescents is a complex international problem that seems to defy simple analysis and easy answers. On Nov. 19, organizations around the world will mark World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse with events to increase awareness and education about child abuse and violence towards children, and the urgent need for effective prevention programs.

Using training curriculum created by Darkness to Light, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy will recognize World Day by hosting a number of child sexual abuse prevention trainings throughout the state of Georgia. The Darkness to Light training curriculum educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

“The Georgia Center is pleased to support the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse initiative in the state as we all want to make the world a safer place for children,” said Nancy Chandler, CEO of The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. “This is an opportunity for Georgians to show their commitment to protecting the world’s children by attending a Darkness to Light training.”

World Day, initiated by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) in 2000, aims to create a culture of prevention by encouraging governments and community organizations to play more active roles in protecting children.

The Georgia Center will coordinate Darkness to Light sexual abuse prevention trainings in the following cities:

Rome – hosted by Harbor House
Macon – hosted by Crescent House
Augusta – hosted by Child Enrichment
Duluth – hosted by GUIDE
Albany – hosted by Lily Pad
Blue Ridge – hosted by North Georgia Crisis Network.

The trainings last approximately 3 hours and are facilitated by a trained professional. For more information and to register, please 678-904-2880.

In addition, each organization will host an essay contest entitled “World Prevention Day: How Should Adults Protect Children From Child Abuse.” Area middle-school students are invited to submit an essay about what adults can do to protect children. Three winners from each community will be selected and recognized.

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a nationally-certified child advocacy center, is committed to a healthy and safe community for children. The organization's mission is to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy, and collaboration. The Georgia Center provides multidisciplinary team management services that include clinical experts and forensic interviewers in a neutral facility, and they plan to create two co-located facilities where law enforcement, case managers, prosecutorial resources and forensic, medical and therapeutic services will all be provided in a child-friendly environment.

With two locations in DeKalb and Fulton counties, over the past 20 years, the Georgia Center has offered assistance and healing for more than 9,200 children and their families by providing evaluation, therapy and treatment to aide in each child’s long-term recovery. Its professionals conduct forensic interviews, provide expert testimony in trials, supervise and train interviewers and conduct multidisciplinary case review. For more information please visit To learn how to access a Darkness to Light training, contact the Center at 678/904-2880 x 205, or
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