Friday, April 11, 2014

DCAC Lecture Series: Opportunities for Empowerment

Since opening its doors in 1991, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) has provided international leadership to child abuse professionals around the world through our annual Crimes Against Children Conference. This year we are bringing the expertise of these professionals to the community through the DCAC Lecture Series, Opportunities for Empowerment. Held at various times throughout the year in DCAC's state- of-the-art Training Facility, community members and professionals alike can gather for expert training and enlightening discussion about protecting children, effective parenting, healthy families and preventing abuse in our community.

On May 13, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. DCAC’s Community Series presents Raising Sexually Healthy Children and Teens in a Sexually Toxic, Pornified Environment with guest speaker Cordelia Anderson. This free workshop includes information on expected development in children and youth as well as the impact of the sexually toxic, pornified environment on children, youth, and culture. It also includes ideas for how to counter the harm, promote healthy development, and talk about these issues. Participants will be able to define Normalization of Sexual Harm and articulate the impact of a sexually toxic, pornified environment, identify at least 3 strategies that are key to raising sexually healthy children and teens and increase their understanding of why it is important to discuss these issues with their children and how to do so.

Cordelia Anderson has worked to promote sexual health and to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation and violence since 1976. In 1977, in the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, she began one of the country’s first Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs that used theater as a catalyst for change to further educate children and adults. Anderson works with a wide variety of agencies nationwide and has conducted over 2,200 presentations. Anderson co-hosts a national web conference series “ending child sexual abuse.” She also founded the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation and serves on the board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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