Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Presenter/s: Lisa Hansen and Erin Merryn
Audience: Superintendents, Principals, K-12 teachers, Counselors, School Nurses, Teachers Aids, PTO Members
An overview of the various types of abuse comprising a review of the latest statistics on the abuse epidemic as well as necessary steps for effective prevention and mandatory reporting procedures.
- · Categories of abuse
- · Current abuse statistics
- · The need for abuse prevention
- o Review of the Keeping Kids Safe Initiative - Senator Victoria Steele and Childcare Advocates Launch Arizona Child Abuse Prevention Initiative
- o Erin Merryn
- · Effective prevention methods
- · Mandatory Reporting
Lisa Hansen believes there is a hidden pandemic destroying our youth. She is convinced that startling surge in suicide of youth and young adults is linked to the current child exploitation epidemic. She faced her own dilemma as she was stuck in anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts due to her childhood trauma of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and domestic abuse. She is the Education Director for Sold No More and primary author of the, Power Over Predators program, addressing sexual abuse, exploitation, child sex trafficking, Internet safety, sexting & sextortion, cyberbullying, pornography, suicide prevention and safe, supportive relationships. Power Over Predators is being used nationally to teach children how to protect themselves from abuse and give them hope for a free and healthy future.
Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. She earned her MSW from Aurora University. For six years of her childhood she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary.
Eryn is the author of Stolen Innocence, Living for Today, and An Unimaginable Act. She is the founder of Erin's law, now passed in 35 states, which requires public schools to teach personal body safety on the prevention of child sexual abuse.