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From Darkness to Light: Childhood Sexual Assault

Sunday, March 3, 2019
1:00 pm5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church 2723 North 50th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68504
From Darkness to Light: Childhood Sexual Assault

The Interfaith Peacemaking Coalition is proud to host this educational event featuring the Child Advocacy Center!

It is estimated that 1 in 10 children will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday. Only 60% will report the abuse.

We have 42 million adult survivors of childhood sexual assault in the United States.

Child sexual assault is the root cause of many social and health related problems we face in our community.

There is a way toward healing and resilience. The faith community wants to be helpful with this.

Schedule:
11:45am - Free Lunch Provided in Fellowship Hall
1:00pm - Welcome & Opening Prayer
1:10pm - Keynote Speaker, Lynn Ayers
1:30pm - Transition into Breakout Sessions I
1:45pm - Breakout Sessions I
3:00pm - Break
3:15pm - Breakout Sessions II
4:15pm - Comments & Observation
4:45pm - Closing Prayer & Next Steps

Keynote Speaker:
Our Keynote Speaker this year is Lynn Ayers, founding director of Lincoln's Child Advocacy Center. Lynn has been working in the field of child sex assault investigations for 40 years. She has interviewed over 3,500 child victims of abuse and trained law enforcement across Nebraska. In 2013, Lynn received the Outstanding Service Award from the National Children's Advocacy Center and was recognized by Leadership Lincoln as the Outstanding Alumni. In 2016, Lynn received the Inspire Lincoln Leadership Award and was named Non Profit Executive Director of the year in 2017. She also serves as Assistant Lay Leader at First United Methodist Church.

Breakout Sessions I Descriptions:
Please note that you will need to choose a breakout session upon registration
Body Safety: People who sexually assault children specifically target those who don't have the skills to talk about it. They use this lack of knowledge to keep them silent, shamed, and compliant. Having age-appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex, and boundaries is an important step in protecting children. This presentation will teach participants how to talk with and listen to children about sexual assault and personal safety. --Presenter: Aubrey Yost, Child Advocacy Center
Resilience Film Screening: Adversity in childhood has lifelong effects on health and behavior. Resilience: the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope chronicles the use of brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. Learn more about treatment and prevention of childhood toxic stress through this highly acclaimed film. --Presenters: Jacob Hedden and Dan Kreuzberg, Child Advocacy Center
Darkness to Light- Part One: One in 10 children in the U.S will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. Darkness to Light believes that adults are responsible for the safety of children and that adults should be taking proactive steps to protect children. This training will introduce a 5-step approach designed to help you understand the extent of the problem, ways to minimize opportunities and how to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual assault. This training will last the duration of the two breakout sessions. --Presenter: Laura Opfer, Child Advocacy Center

Breakout Sessions II Descriptions:
Please note that you will need to choose a breakout session upon registration
Male Victims of Sexual Assault: Male victims are largely misunderstood, overlooked and underrepresented despite the fact that 1 in 6 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. Attend this breakout session to learn more about the unique dynamics male victims of sexual assault face. --Presenters: Jacob Hedden and Dan Kreuzberg, Child Advocacy Center
When a Child Discloses: We know the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. What do you do if a child discloses to you? What questions do you ask or not ask? This breakout session will walk you through what to do when a child discloses. --Presenter: Lynn Ayers, Child Advocacy Center
Darkness to Light - Part Two: One in 10 children in the U.S will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. Darkness to Light believes that adults are responsible for the safety of children and that adults should be taking proactive steps to protect children. This training will introduce a 5-step approach designed to help you understand the extent of the problem, ways to minimize opportunities and how to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual assault. This training will last the duration of the two breakout sessions. --Presenter: Laura Opfer, Child Advocacy Center