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“Stewards of Children” Taking Aim at Child Sexual Abuse in ID

February 9, 2009

Driggs, ID – One in four girls in the United States is sexually abused before the age of 18. That's a federal statistic often cited by a woman who is training first responders, teachers and parents to be "stewards of children" to protect them from sexual abuse.

Susie Fenger with the Family Services Network, Driggs, teaches parents and other adults what the real risk factors are. She wants them to feel comfortable asking direct questions about situations that are known to have potential for sexual abuse.

"The key safety things are avoiding one-adult/one-child interactions, and making sure that the child's activities are observable."

Fenger suggests that parents demand background checks and ask to see written sexual abuse prevention and response policies from organizations, facilities and programs serving their child. She points out that in 90 percent of sexual abuse cases, the child knows the offender, adding that sometimes the offender is a larger and older child. Fenger will share additional information at the Idaho Children's Trust Fund Training Institute next month in Boise.

Pediatricians commonly council parents to teach their children about "stranger danger." Fenger calls that misleading. She wants parents and other adults to recognize that seemingly innocent one-on-one situations with people their child knows are risks, and they can be avoided.

"Someone who is driving your child alone; a coach who is always driving your child to and from - things like that are warning signs."

The Idaho Children’s Trust Fund 10th annual "Strengthening Families to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect" Training Institute will be held March 17 and 18 at the DoubleTree Riverside, Boise. Registration information is available at www.idahochildrenstrustfund.idaho.gov.

Free abuse-prevention tips are available at www.darkness2light.org.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID