ITHACA, N.Y. — A series of upcoming local workshops will focus on preventing child sexual abuse, an issue that impacts thousands of children every year in the U.S.

Enough Abuse Tompkins, a project of the Advocacy Center, is partnering with the Coalition for Families to host a workshop series that will cover different aspects of the issue including social conditions of child sexual abuse, as well as the impacts, and the behaviors of child abusers.

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According to RAINN, one in nine girls and one in 53 boys under the age of 18 has experienced sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.

The workshops will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month between August and November at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.

The workshops are free and open to the public. No prior registration is needed. The workshops are recommended for parents, professionals who work with children and any concerned citizen.

Event links on Facebook can be found here.

In Tompkins County, The Advocacy Center works to connect survivors of child sex abuse with legal assistance as well as support groups, mental health providers and other resources. The Advocacy Center’s hotline can be reached 24 hours a day at 607-277-5000.

Kelsey O'Connor

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