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STUART -- Millions of children are sexually abused every year in the United States. Many cases go undetected and unreported often because children are afraid to tell someone who can help.
Parents are invited to attend a free seminar entitled, "It's OK to Tell," at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart.
The seminar is part of the Our Kids! Parent Seminar Series sponsored by Tykes and Teens, CHARACTER COUNTS!, Martin County Library System and the Martin County School District.
"It's OK to Tell" will provide parents with important information on protecting their children from sexual abuse including: a definitive and comprehensive explanation of child sexual abuse and its dynamics; current child sexual abuse statistics; and specific and detailed ways that child safety can be increased. Materials will be provided to parents with information on safe and unsafe touch, boundary setting, secret keeping, warning signs, and stranger dangers.
"It's OK to Tell" will be conducted by Robbin Wolf, a local child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist who, in addition to her private practice, works with Tykes & Teens, a nonprofit agency in Palm City dedicated to the social-emotional healing of children and their families.
Ms. Wolf's clinical experience has included the intensive treatment unit at Savannah's Hospital for the severely emotionally disturbed and Hibiscus Children's Shelter in Jensen Beach which provides residential safety for young children who were removed from their homes due to severe abuse and neglect. Ms. Wolf is also a longtime adjunct faculty member for the human service department at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.
Registration is required. Call (772) 221-1407 for more information.