National statistics confirm that 1-in-5 girls and 1-in-10 boys are sexually abused before they reach adulthood, but less than 35% of these sexual assaults are reported to authorities. In response to this alarming find, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino today hosted a parent training seminar in conjunction with the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect.
“Protecting our Children from Sexual Predators” was created to help parents understand the danger that sexual predators pose, as well as to discuss ways to protect children.
“Too often in the news today, we hear about a child who falls prey to a sexual predator. It is our duty and right as parents to protect our children. This seminar is an important step in learning about potential threats and tips on how to keep our children safe,” Saladino noted.
The seminar focused on several key components of protecting children:
- How to protect children against sexual predators
- How to keep children safe on the Internet
- “Megan’s Law”
- The state Sex Offender Registry
- An update on Assemblyman Saladino’s legislation to fight against predators
In addition, heard from a Long Island mother whose daughter was sexually abused by a family member and received counseling, only to be lured over the Internet and abused again.