Protecting our children |

Protecting our children

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Town Hall, our community has a rare opportunity to come together to help ensure the safety of our children.

The Children’s Rocky Mountain School is hosting an inspiring seminar on preventing child sexual abuse. I understand this is a difficult topic. Many in our community believe “we are pretty safe here,” “it mostly affects girls,” “I don’t want to hear about it, it’s too upsetting.” In truth, one in three girls and one in four boys before 18 years of age have been sexually abused. As a community and especially as parents and teachers, we can provide a safer environment for children. Information is power.

Feather Berkower is a dynamic speaker and licensed clinical social worker who has a master’s of social welfare from the University of California Berkeley. She is an expert in the field of child abuse prevention. She has worked with more than 70,000 children.

Through interactive discussions and a question-and-answer format we can learn how to create a communication-rich environment for children. We can empower children to set and maintain boundaries. We can make homes and schools safer. We can take advantage of “teachable moments.”

This seminar is a must-attend for everyone who has contact with children. As a community it is the responsibility of each of us to learn what we can do to prevent abuse.

In advance, we thank the many individuals who are planning to attend. We encourage anyone interested in more information to contact Lisa Kasin at 963-4983 or come to the Carbondale Town Hall on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to make a difference.

Debbie Condello


Children’s Rocky Mountain School

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