Do you know the warning signs of child sexual abuse?
BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -
Child sexual abuse. It can happen anywhere, anytime, and it happens right here in our own backyard.
It's why Glenda Husome of the Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County says the recent headlines from the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, cannot be forgotten.
Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting several hundred young athletes.
"Now that people are realizing this is; one fourth of our population are victims of child sexual abuse. Something has to be done," said Husome.
The conversation has been started, and now it's time for Iowans to be a part of the solution and prevention.
"Every adult knows a child that they care about," said Husome.
The council offers free training about the five steps to recognize and stop the abuse, including warning signs like the following.
"If you have young people that are acting out in ways that are sexually-oriented or using vocabulary that you haven't taught them, that is a good sign that they are hearing that from someone else," said Husome.
Anna Koehler is studying family services at the University of Northern Iowa and has used this training to help victims.
"Whenever a student comes forward, I know that we are making a difference and that child is on their way to getting the help they need," said Koehler. "I can tell that I am using what I learned to make a difference in the community and help these children."
The program is called Stewards of Children. The Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County covers the cost of the booklet and class.