Recent revelations about former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle once again opens our eyes to the prevalence of child sexual abuse. We need to keep them open. Child sexual abuse affects at least one in 10 children, according to the CDC. While we may not know a lot about why people become predators (Statesman, Aug. 23), we know plenty about how to prevent them from getting to our kids. The Idaho Children’s Trust Fund offers a training course called Stewards of Children that teaches us what we need to do at our schools, recreation programs, churches and in our own homes to minimize opportunity and to recognize and respond appropriately to the signs of child sexual abuse and of the grooming behavior that leads up to it. Our plan is to train 5 percent of the adults in the Treasure Valley in the steps to take to stop sexual abuse from happening in the first place. Won’t you join us? You can take the course online through our website: idahochildrenstrustfund.org or call us at 386-9317 to have a live training provided at your school, church or civic organization. It is up to us to make a difference for all of our children.
Roger Sherman, Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, Boise
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