April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, as well as Sexual Assault Awareness
Month. Several exciting educational awareness and prevention events are
planned. You can join in the action!
April 8, 9, and 10
International Symposium on
Faith and Flourishing:
Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse
This is a marquee event for the April 8 World Day for Child Sexual Abuse
Prevention, Healing and Justice. Engage with scholars, public health and
mental health care professionals, child abuse prevention experts, and
religious leaders of diverse faith traditions from across the globe to
share experiences, discover new resources and identify strategies to
prevent child sexual abuse and foster healing for survivors.
Hosted by the Harvard Institute for Qualitative Social Science,
participants will be able to virtually access on-demand presentations from
many experts in the field of child sexual abuse prevention, including
MassKids Executive Director, Jetta Bernier, whose presentation, Enough
Abuse Campaign To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: A Model For Social Change
will be included in the programs offered.
Click here for details on this free conference and to register
"PASS THE PREVENTION PACKAGE!”
A package of bills introduced this session in the Massachusetts Senate and
House would go a long way to prevent the sexual abuse of our children.
Urge your Senator and Representative to SIGN ON to these bills TODAY!
PROTECT OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN
- SD2262 (Sen. Lovely) and HD1284 (Rep. Lawn)
PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSERS FROM WORKING IN SCHOOLS
-SD2260 (Sen. Lovely) and HD2926 (Rep. Blais)
PROHIBIT AGE OF CONSENT AS A DEFENSE
- SD2300 & SD2299 (Sen. Lovely) and HD1887 (Rep. Gordon)
Learn the Facts. Take Action.
* Visit our Citizens to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse webpage for links
to these bills, a summary of their key provisions, and why passage is so
* Contact your Senator and Representative TODAY and urge them to sign
on to these bills. We need to show strong bi-partisan support.
Friday, April 9th
Free Live Webinar
sponsored by Enough Abuse Cape Cod and the Islands
"Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Legislation"
Join us 8:30-10:30am for a virtual live presentation by Massachusetts State
Senator Joan Lovely as she discusses the current package of bills
introduced to protect our children from child sexual abuse. Senator Lovely
is a fifth term Senator representing the Second Essex District and is a
leading voice in the movement to end child sexual abuse.
Participants will learn how they can join MassKids' "Citizens to Prevent
Child Sexual Abuse" advocacy initiative to ensure passage of these bills
this legislative session.
Click here to view the webinar flyer.
Zoom registration is required; click here to register.
Tuesdays April 6, 13, 27
MassKids, Greater Lowell Health Alliance and Center For Hope and Healing
are launching a 3-part webinar series
"Enough Abuse: Protecting Our Youth From Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and
Who should attend: Any staff or volunteer working in a Greater
Lowell organization or program that serves youth through counseling,
tutoring, mentoring, sports, recreation, music/dance/martial arts,
faith-based-sponsored activities, scouting, camping, etc.
Part I: Tuesday April 6, 10-11:30 am Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: What
Every Youth Organization Should Know
Part II: Tuesday April 13, 10-11:30 am Policies and Practices to Keep
Youth Safe and Reduce Institutional Liabilities
Part III: Tuesday, April 27, 10-11:30am Commercial Sexual Exploitation of
Click here to download the flyer. To register, email:
by Tuesday, April 5^th
Friday, April 16th
Preventing and Addressing Trauma Virtual Conference
MassKids is a co-sponsor of this 8th Annual Symposium hosted by Salem State
University's Center for Childhood and Youth Studies.
Morning keynotes will focus on trauma in children and families,
trauma-informed organizations, and screening children for trauma.
Presenters will include David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against
Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
Afternoon sessions will include MassKids Executive Director, Jetta Bernier
on the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse on children's health/mental health,
learning and academic achievement. Prevention strategies for schools, youth
organizations and communities will be discussed. Carmen Durso, MassKids
Board Member and legal expert on child sexual abuse cases, will present
on The Law and Child Trauma and discuss legal interventions for individuals
who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Registration is free but required, and CEUs are offered for $30.
Click here to register on EventBrite.
And you can click here to see the full agenda.
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