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Seminary to host child advocacy workshop addressing child sexual abuse

by Louisville Seminary | Feb 08, 2010
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host a two-day workshop for seminarians and professional clergy that will focus on issues related to child sexual abuse.

The event will be held on the campus of Louisville Seminary Friday, February 19, and Saturday, February 20, in Schlegel Hall, room 122. Professional educators will introduce the topic of child sexual abuse and discuss warning signs of abuse, red flags for abusers, how to report abuse, talking with a child about appropriate touching, and how to talk to adults about sexual abuse.

LPTS student Melissa Gee, who is helping to coordinate the workshop opportunity, worked at a Child Advocacy Center where she encountered heartbreaking cases of child sexual abuse. Her experience at the Center motivated a desire to educate more people, especially adults, to recognize warning signs and to serve as agents of protection and safety for children.

“The stories are frightening; however, they should serve as a call to action,” said Gee. “As pastors, counselors, parents, and friends of children, we should arm ourselves with information to bring child sexual abuse from darkness to light. The best deterrent against abuse is talking about it.”

Workshop Leaders:

Day one: February 19 - 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Dr. Lisa Pfitzer, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville Department of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
Topic: Defining abuse, its prevalence, impacts, and recognizing warning signs.

Day two: February 20 - 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Donna Lloyd, Executive Director of the Comfort House, a Child Advocacy Center working with child victims of sexual abuse. www.comfort-house.org
Topic: Recognizing red flags of potential abusers, how to talk with children about touching, and reporting abuse.

Limited registration is available for seminary students and clergy within the Louisville/southern Indiana community. Please contact (Melissa Gee) to officially register for this workshop.

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