Crisis Nursery offers training in sex abuse prevention

Crisis Nursery offers training in sex abuse prevention

URBANA — The local Crisis Nursery is offering a free two-hour sexual abuse prevention training program to the public.

The Darkness to Light Stewards of Children program will be made available to local agencies, day care centers, schools and anyone in the community who wants to take it, said Crisis Nursery spokeswoman Kristen Bosch.

"Any agency, organization, schools, day cares, if it's just a couple or parent who wants to sit in on the training, we're more than happy," she said. "We just want to get it out there."

The Crisis Nursery is making the training available through the $44,586 it received in a legal settlement between the Big Ten and Penn State University in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case.

The University of Illinois received $188,000 in the settlement, and the Crisis Nursery was one of four local agencies to receive portions of the money.

The Crisis Nursery staff has undergone a longer version of the training, and is making it available to its volunteers and families using the nursery services. Bosch said. Partner agencies are also being invited to attend.

Two training sessions are scheduled for February, with more to be added for groups that are interested in participating, according to the Crisis Nursery.

Bosch said she doesn't know if the training will use all the money the nursery received in the settlement. That will depend on how many people want the training. For at least the first 500 people taking the training, it will be offered free, she said.

Studies estimate one in 10 children experience child sexual abuse before they turn age 18, and the abuse has long-lasting and devastating consequences for them, according to the Crisis Nursery. The training walks adults through steps the important steps to prevent abuse and react to in the event that it occurs.

Darkness to Light is an international non-profit organization founded in 2000 that champions the end of child sexual abuse.

To schedule a training, call the Crisis Nursery at 337-2731.

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