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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.

The Coalition for a Community Without Violence is a non-profit organization comprised of allied professionals who work in the fields of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, as well as crime victim assistance throughout Planning District 16. Their mission is to work together for a peaceful community by providing education and raising public awareness about the impact of violence. The Coalition is comprised of the following agencies: Mary Washington Healthcare Forensic Services; Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB); Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents (RACCAP); Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA); Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence (RCDV); Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center; Stafford County Department of Social Services; and the Victim Witness Programs within the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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