COALITION FOR A COMMUNITY WITHOUT VIOLENCE HOSTING "BREAKING DOWN THE MYTHS" CONFERENCE
Free event to be held April 4, 2012 in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, Virginia – The Coalition for a Community Without Violence will host a conference entitled "Breaking Down the Myths" on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. This free event is for teachers, counselors, coaches, parents, community leaders, and youth leaders. Fredericksburg Mayor Thomas Tomzak will proclaim April "Community Violence Prevention Month" as part of the event.
Cathleen Pessolano, Prevention Manager with the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, serves on the Board of the Coalition. She shares that "following several high profile cases of child sexual assault on the national level, the Coalition wants to take this opportunity to help educate our local community and break down the myths associated with sexual assault." According to Mrs. Pessolano, "It's important for our community to better understand the different responsibilities of parents, of educators, of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. That knowledge will better help our community protect our youth."
Four topics will be addressed by local experts:
Sex Offender Registry – What it is and why it is important
Mandated Reporting – What needs to be reported and who needs to report it
Reducing the Risk of Abuse for Children with Disabilities through Understanding and Collaboration
Protecting Our Children – Bystander Awareness
The presenters are: Trooper Myers, Crime Prevention Specialist with the Virginia State Police; Karen Clark, Supervisor for the Child Protective Services United with the Stafford County Department of Social Services; Grace Marshall, Community Integration Coordinator with the disAbility Resource Center; and Pam Garrett, Executive Director of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.
Additional information and online registration for the conference are available at www.racsb.state.va.us. Training certificates will be issued following the event.