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A child's safety is an adult's job.  Children are often taught how to keep themselves safe from sexual abuse, and that's important for them to learn; however, that's no substitute for adult responsibility.  There are some simple things you can do to protect children - learn the facts about abuse and understand the risks; minimize opportunities for abuse to take place; talk openly with your children about protection and not keeping secrets; have a plan with your child about what to do should something happen; and, act on your suspicions.

Only 1 in 10 children report sexual abuse, and they typically endure that abuse for up to 6 months before they make an outcry.  Your involvement in protecting children could make the difference in abuse occurring at all! 








PCAC offers Stewards of Children training provided by Darkness to Light.  This nationally recognized training program is presented by a trained facilitator for community members and professionals.  Stewards educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The program is designed for organizations serving children and youth, but is available to anyone interested.




Stewards of Children trainings are held at PCAC throughout the year.  If you would like to schedule a training for your group/agency (either at PCAC or a site of your choosing), please contact Ivy at 678.363.7234 or by email.  

There is no fee for this training, but participants are asked to pay $10 to cover the cost of the workbook and materials.


The curriculum can be used by individuals or organizations who are:

  • Seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse;

  • Wanting to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children; and/or

  • Needing to respond to insurance requirements regarding child protection.

The Stewards training includes:

  • Interactive case studies based upon actual events where professionals and caregivers were faced with situations in which they had to make decisions and take actions to help stop abuse.

  • Opportunities for discussion about important issues in sexual abuse prevention and the relevance of these issues within organizations that serve children and adolescents.

  • Discussions of recent updates to Georgia State laws in regards to mandated reporting.

After training, participants will:

  • Understand the facts of child sexual abuse - incidence rates and effects on individuals and society;

  • Understand how child sexual abuse happens;

  • Understand that adults are responsible for the protection of children;

  • Understand the importance of screening staff/volunteers who work with children and adolescents;

  • Have resources to react responsibly to incidents of child sexual abuse;

  • Understand the proactive role youth-serving organizations need to take to protect children and educate their communities about child sexual abuse.

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