A free presentation on the topic "Protecting our Children from Sexual Abuse" will be held for the public from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9, at the Enterprise High School multipurpose room. Child care is available.
The presenter will be Cory Jewell Jensen of Portland, who has worked with adult sex offenders and their families for the past 20 years.
A workshop on the same topic is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Joseph Community Center.
The cost is $35, with scholarships and professional training credits available upon request. Pre-registration is requested.
Community sponsors of the public presentation and the workshop are the Wallowa County District Attorney's Office, Wallowa County Crime Victim Assistance, Wallowa Valley Mental Health, Inc., Building Healthy Families and Safe Harbors.
Child molesters work just as hard to seduce those charged to protect children as they do the children themselves, and they're so good at it few get caught, according to information provided by Jensen.
Of those convicted, approximately 97 percent go back into the community, whether the community is ready for them or not.
This conference is for anyone who wants to reduce the incidence of and public tolerance for child victimization, according to the organizers.
They say that the message will be that the responsibility for protecting children from sex criminals rests with the community, not with children alone. "Until concerned citizens join forces publicly, society will continue to miscalculate offender violence, persist in enabling offenders by doubting children and fail to report offenders to law enforcement," said Melinda Artz, Domestic Violence Intervention Project coordinator with theWallowa County Sheriff's Office
In working with sex offenders, Jensen asked these criminals how they operate, how they got away with what they do. This workshop is a result.
One goal is to educate the public about how easy it is for molesters to get around children.
Call 426-4543, Ext. 29 or 426-4004 with questions.
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