The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and Darkness to Light are teaming up for a training session that will teach people to how to recognize and respond to incidents of child abuse.
The session, planned for April 28 in Mount Pleasant, is open to anyone from parents and camp leaders to scoutmasters, coaches and others.
The free session, taking place during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, will be held at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben St., from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In part, the event is in response to a recent Post and Courier editorial calling for more training to help people identify and report child abuse, said Elizabeth Hocker, the Dee Norton center’s executive director. It also comes at time when the community is dealing with some high-profile cases of child sexual abuse, including the case of former coach and teacher Louis “Skip” ReVille. He is accused of molesting at least 23 children in the region, with several victims in Mount Pleasant.
“It is very important that adults in our community understand how to prevent abuse from happening and know how to respond if abuse is discovered,” said Jolie Logan, chief executive officer of Darkness to Light. “It is critical to making Charleston a safer place for our children.”
Participants will become certified in Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” prevention program. They will also learn how to spot signs and symptoms of abuse and determine when and how to report suspected abuse.
In addition, a panel of representatives from law enforcement, the state Department of Social Services and other groups will be on hand to answer questions.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required at www.dnlcc.org.