The Westfield Area Y is taking steps to educate and protect children within our community by joining YMCAs across the country during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April to increase awareness of child sexual abuse with Five Days of Action followed by a FREE workshop. The workshop is offered on Wednesday, April 136:30-8:30 p.m. at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.
 
This free workshop educates adults to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It will help adults build awareness of what to look for and steps to follow in order to protect our children. 
 
Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent yet hidden risks that kids in our communities face.  One in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 in the US, and still too few people know about the extent of this problem, and what all of us can do to keep kids safe. More than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers. This means fewer than 10 percent are strangers.
 
 
“YMCAs can play a powerful role in increasing awareness about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. We are dedicating Five Days of Action from April 4-8 and holding a free workshop on April 13 to increase awareness among adults in our community,” states Susan Morton Westfield Area Y’s Vice President of Operations.
 
The workshop is FREE for adults and open to Y members and the community. Registration is required. Members can register online at www.westfieldynj.org and  non-members can register in person at the Welcome Center at the Main Y Facility.  
 
Please contact Susan Morton at 908-233-2700 or smorton@westfieldynj.org to schedule a free workshop for any adult group or if you have any questions.