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Educating Parents About Child Sex Abuse

A new push to fight child sex abuse in Broome County. Two local agencies are sponsoring a pair of seminars to give parents the tools they need to keep their kids safe from sexual predators.

The first will be on Thursday, April 17th at the Broome County Library from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

The second will be on Thursday night April 24th from 5:00pm -7:00pm at the Union-Endicott School District Building.

According to the Crime Victims Assistance Center in Bighamton, it treated 347 child victims of sex abuse in 2013.

"And it happens to the children of all socioeconomic groups. It happens to small children to adolescents," said Janette Cyganovich of the Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council.

"When we hear about these cases sometimes it's coaches, they're in the Youth Ministry and they put themselves where children are. So I think it's really important just in the back of your mind to ask those questions: Is this appropriate behavior? Is this acceptable? Is this normal? Or should I talk to somebody about it," said Raini Baudendistel, Executive Director of the Crime Victims Assistance Center.

Experts say the potential warning signs of abusers include adults who don't appear to have a regular number of adult friends and prefers to spend free time with children and teenagers who aren't his own. Also, adults who find ways to be alone with a child or teen when adults are not likely to interrupt.

To report child abuse and neglect in New York call 1-800-342-3720.



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