Dinner to benefit child sexual abuse prevention program

On Centre: Penns ValleyOctober 22, 2012 

Three Penns Valley organizations are pitching in to help bring awareness to child sexual abuse.

Progress Grange and the Centre Hall Lions Club and Women’s Club are hosting a turkey dinner on Saturday to benefit the Stewards of Children program.

Launched by the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, the Youth Service Bureau, the United Way and the YMCA, the program is designed to educate community members and help them identify, report and prevent child sexual abuse, said LeDon Young, who is helping organize the dinner.

Young previously helped put together a Stewards for Children session at this year’s Grange Fair. The thousands attending the fair were invited to take part in the free session.

She said the program is the result of the efforts of Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford and District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and the Darkness to Light organization.

Lunsford has said Darkness to Light is a nationally known, evidence-based program to prevent child sexual abuse. Local trainers hope to educate at least 5 percent of the Centre County population in the Darkness to Light curriculum.

The Darkness to Light training takes only 2 1/2 hours, and is available to any group in the community. It teaches awareness of child sexual abuse and procedures for reporting it.

Young said the net proceeds from the dinner in Penns Valley will benefit the Stewards of Children program.

The dinner will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Progress Grange Hall on North Pennsylvania Avenue in Centre Hall.

The meal, which includes turkey, mashed potatoes, filling, gravy, noodles, green beans and cakes by Ladies of the Grange, costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-out is available.

Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush Valley regions. He can be reached at 231-4631 or mcarroll@centredaily.com.

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