A conference entitled Child Sexual Abuse: Our Response Matters will be hosted January 24, 2018 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn by Smoky Hill Education Service Center and CAPS. Nationally known speaker, author and child advocate, Jenna Quinn, will be the keynote speaker in Salina to tell her triumphant story of surviving sexual abuse. She has become a valiant warrior against sexual abuse of children and adolescents. Jenna’s mom, Kellie Quinn, will share the stage as she tells her perspective as a mother and teacher, missing all the signs and symptoms
her daughter was displaying.
After disclosing of the abuse Jenna has been on a campaign ever since to spare others her torment. The first step in that campaign was sharing her story publicly only days a er her perpetrator was sentenced to 20 years in prison. “I’m not scared. Don’t you be scared,” she told other vic ms at the me. Jenna and her family received counseling and support at the Children’s Advocacy Center, much like Chris’s Place Child Advocacy Center here in Salina and 17 other centers across the state of Kansas. She helped get Jenna’s Law passed in Texas, requiring educators to teach
personal safety skills in grades K-12.
After a morning of inspiration, there will be 4 break-out sessions geared to teach law-enforcemen officerst, educators, social workers, and others in human services about specific curriculum offered by CAPS, Smoky Hill Education Service Center and the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas and how prevention policies are at work in Kansas. Topics include Sexual Abuse Prevention Education for children ages 3-8 years, Healthy Relationships for teens and young adults, and Bullying Prevention training including how to respond to those affected by issues
surrounding LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning) rights.
The early bird deadline to register for $75 ends on January 14 and the rate increases to $90 per participant. Six CEUs for Social Workers have been approved, CEUs for other mental health professionals will be available, and one hour graduate college credit is available for educators through Baker University.
To register, contact Diane Mann at 785-825-9185, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://www.smokyhill.org. A FREE session for parents and community members will be hosted on January 23 from 6:30 -8 pm at Smoky Hill Education Service Center.