Fishers Station Kiwanis Club participates in Chaucie’s Place program

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The Fishers Station Kiwanis Club participated in Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” training session with Chaucie’s Place last week at River Glen Country Club.

Chaucie’s Place is a not-for-profit that provides support for child victims in abuse and neglect cases. It also provides the resources to make forensic interviews easier for children going through difficult times.

The program was facilitated by Jennifer Cutcliff, associate director and forensic interviewer at Chaucie’s Place.

“Stewards of Children:  A prevention and response program for adults” outlined seven steps for protecting children from sexual abuse, which included statistics and personal stories from survivors.

“I believe the most valuable take-away from the Stewards of Children (program) is that it opens up our eyes to the realities of this horrific epidemic,” Cutcliff told Current via e-mail, “and adults will learn what they can do to take part in this movement to prevent sexual abuse. If we continue to deny and turn our heads in the other direction, children will continue to be sexually abused.”

According to the program, one in four girls and one in six boys will be victims of sexual abuse by the age of 18.

“I think everybody as a human being needs to be enlightened of this epidemic problem out there that nobody wishes to speak about,” Stephanie Thompson, a Fishers Station Kiwanis member, said. “Attending functions like this is one way of getting the word out and hopefully making a better community to live in.”

The presentation included segments in which the Kiwanis members could answer and ask questions about the topic.

According to Cutcliff, the program has been offered since September 2010 and more than 700 adults have participated.

Cutcliff said the next community training event is schedule for Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Stony Creek Elementary School in Noblesville. It costs $15 per person to attend. To register and for more information, visit chauciesplace.org.

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