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Diocese of Lafayette hosts “Night out Against Child Sexual Abuse”

Posted: 9:47 PM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 23:22:37-04

Families are learning how to spot signs of child sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Lafayette on Thursday hosted a “Night out Against Child Sexual Abuse.” The event was one of nine being hosted across the state offered by Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

At Thursday’s workshop, parents learned how to talk to their children about sexual abuse and how to spot warning signs of abuse.

Officials say that the “Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children” event is a two-hour workshop that equips attendees first in recognizing sexual abuse and how to respond appropriately. The workshop touched on how to prevent abuse by talking to children and minimizing opportunities for abuse to occur.

“Child sexual abuse can be prevented. There are simple ways and tips that you can learn that will better equip you to protect up to 10 children in your life, be it your children, your neighbors’ children, your nieces and nephews, or children at your church,” said Angela Van Veckhoven with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

The workshop was free to the public and was held at the Diocese of Lafayette on Carmel Drive in Lafayette.