Child Abuse Services Team ( Cast ) Educational Program Workshops

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On Thursday, September 17, 2015, I attended one of the Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) Educational Program workshops. The topic of the training workshop was Taking Responsibility: We Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse spoken by Joelle Casteix who is an advocate of child sexual abuse prevention. I would like to address some of the information I have learned through this workshop in regard to child sexual abuse. One of the first statements Joelle mentioned was that child sexual abuse has nothing to do with sex and the victim of sexual abuse is never to blame for the assault. Predator “grooms” victim by targeting “weak” or “compliant” child and those with low self-esteem. Although victim feels confused, she does not tell about the experience because she already has a trust on predator and other reasons to not disclose. Once victim is groomed, predator tells “secrets” to victim to make her feel special. When victim is groomed, predator is the only person to depend and rely on. Predator isolates the child and wants to be the center of the child’s world. Predator also loves to blur the boundary. For example, predator begins to talk about sex with a child and attempts small physical touches in the beginning such as hugging or kissing on the cheek. Predator tends to normalize the child sexual abuse. Joelle then suggested several preventive strategies. First one was the communication between parents and the child. She emphasized to not be afraid to ask and keep calm manner when child…

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