Assemblyman Saladino to Hold Series of Child Abuse & Neglect Seminars to Better Protect Children Against Sexual Predators

***Public Service Announcement***
May 21, 2012
Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino announced that he is hosting a series of Child Abuse and Neglect Seminars designed to better prepare parents and community leaders to protect children from predators. His first seminar is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at VFW Post 516, 635 Main St. in South Farmingdale.

The event is free to all. Parents and local leaders are encouraged to attend. Assemblyman Saladino will be joined by local law enforcement officials, local leaders, experts in the field, and other local community advocates. He noted that this program is designed and available to bring to local organizations on Long Island.

“Sexual predators are a consistent danger to the children in our communities and is an issue everyone should take seriously,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Our children are so important and must be protected from sexual abuse. I have designed these programs to protect all of our young people. It is essential that you take the time to attend.”

The United States Department of Justice reports that 93 percent of victims under the age of 17 were sexually assaulted by someone that they knew. According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, 67 percent of victims ages 12 to 19 did not report abuse to the police or authorities.

“The statistics about sexual offenses are staggering and clearly illustrate the urgency of this issue,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “I would urge all parents and local leaders to attend one of these seminars.”

For more information on this program or to invite the Assemblyman to bring this program to your organization, please call Assemblyman Saladino's office at 516-844-0635.