Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Laura Ahearn, Esq., LMSW, Executive Director of the Crime Victims Center/Parents for Megan’s Law announced the organization’s April of 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. The agency has educated over 155K parents and children in public and private schools on Long Island and in keeping with those efforts we are now making our Apple of My Eye© Parent Prevention Education Program available at no cost locally to public and private schools. “Most child sexual abuse, up to 90%, happens with someone a child has an established and trusting relationship with so parents are the first line of defense in protecting children. Our programs teach parents practical skills to help them protect children, teens, and college aged students. Parents learn 10 Rules for Safety for children, 11 Red Flags to detect inappropriate behavior, the 27 tricks sexual predators use to access children & teens, the physical and behavioral signs of sexual abuse and how to report suspected abuse. The Apple of My Eye Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Program© will soon be available as a tool-kit for parents and community members across the nation. “ In addition, the agency will be offering two $500.00 scholarships to High School Seniors who write a winning social media campaign to help educate students about prevention. The agency is also engaging new partners and will be presenting their Apple of My Eye© Program in houses of worship throughout Suffolk County, also at no cost.

MISSION STATEMENT Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and rape, the provision of services to victims of violent crime, and elderly, disabled and minor victims of all crime. Violence directed against victims is an abuse of power, often directed at our most vulnerable, and must be met with unwavering resolve to hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the support and services they need. Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center is committed to informing victims of their rights, involving them in the decision making process, securing crime victim compensation to which they are entitled and treating every victim with respect and dignity. The organization provides victim services training to law enforcement and works collaboratively with them to ensure an accurate and up-to-date sex offender registry. Parents for Megan’s Law staffs the Local and National Megan’s Law Help lines. The organization is a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Center. 1 (888) ASK-PFML The agency values and is committed to providing compassionate, empathic and culturally aware services to all clients/members. Interactions are approached with these values in mind, and it is expected that clients/members will be treated with compassion, respect and sensitivity during the provision of holistic, inclusive and welcoming services.CVC_PFML SAAM 040317

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