Recognized author and activist Erin Merryn and other local professionals will educate and inform on child abuse prevention April 16-19, at St. Charles Community College, in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Events will be held in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building on the college’s campus and are free and open to the public.
“We hear about child abuse in the news, but many people don’t know much about child abuse, how common it is or what the signs are,” said Lisa Stoner, SCC associate professor of psychology. “Often people don’t know what to do if a child is being abused or what happens if they report a suspected case of child abuse.”
In these sessions, participants will learn about the signs and impact of abuse as well as the investigatory process and the current legal implications. In addition, participants will learn about the resources available in our area to help abused children.
1-2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16
Ellen Teller, M.Ed., LCSW, executive director of the Child Center, will speak about the interview process of a child in child abuse cases. Participants will also hear from a forensic interviewer.
7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17
Erin Merryn, author and activist, will speak about her own experience of being sexually assaulted and raped as a child. Merryn is the author of the books, “Stolen Innocence” and “Living for Today,” both about incest and rape. She is the force behind passing her own law, “Erin’s Law,” which will educate children in Illinois public schools on sexual abuse. She has made numerous media appearances, including “Oprah” and “Good Morning America,” and in 2011 she spoke at the U.S. Department of Education’s national conference. For more information on Merryn, visit www.erinmerryn.net.
10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18
Dr. Jamie Kondis, child abuse pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will speak about the types of child abuse and neglect, what to do if you suspect that someone is the victim of abuse and how to work together to prevent child abuse in our communities.
Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19
Mary Kay Kreider, MSW, program coordinator for Crisis Nursery – Wentzville, will speak about the purpose of Crisis Nursery and the impact it has on the community. Participants will also hear from a social worker and a woman who has benefitted from services at Crisis Nursery.
For more information, contact Stoner at 636-922-8262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.stchas.edu.