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Southwest GA communities start initiative to end sexual abuse against children

The Mitchell Advisory Council has been holding a series of training sessions for adults to help end child sexual abuse. (Source: WALB) The Mitchell Advisory Council has been holding a series of training sessions for adults to help end child sexual abuse. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy said one in ten kids will be sexually abused before 18 years old. (Source: WALB) Georgia Center for Child Advocacy said one in ten kids will be sexually abused before 18 years old. (Source: WALB)
The Stewards of Children training will help educate adults and bring awareness to sexual abuse in the community. (Source: WALB) The Stewards of Children training will help educate adults and bring awareness to sexual abuse in the community. (Source: WALB)
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -

With sexual abuse happening more often across the country, a couple of Southwest Georgia counties are joining forces to end abuse toward school-aged children. 

The Mitchell Advisory Council has implemented a training initiative called Stewards of Children. It's 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 it 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. The cycle is just going to be perpetuated. It's just going to keep going," said Regional Prevention Coordinator Katherine Jones with Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. 

The next training will be held in Pelham on Monday at the Pelham Police Department. It will begin at 9 in the morning with registration beginning at 8:30. 

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

Below is the training schedule for this summer: 

  • Pelham: Monday, May 21, 9 a.m. at the Pelham Police Department 
  • Camilla: Tuesday, June 5, 11:30 a.m. at Mitchell County Teen Center 
  • Newton: Tuesday, June 12, 11:30 a.m. at Baker County Courthouse

For more information contact, Katherine Jones at (770) 846-1182. 

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