Chattahoochee Tech to Host 2-day Child Sex Abuse and Exploitation Seminar

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(Dallas, Ga. – Feb. 18, 2014) After a successful event last year, Chattahoochee Technical College will again host a Child Sex Abuse and Exploitation Seminar, expanding it from one day to two this April. The event, which is scheduled for April 10 and 11 at the Paulding County Campus of the college, will focus on both child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

The goal of the collaborative event is to educate the public on these issues while highlighting the impact from a sociological, criminological, and psychological perspective. Speakers will provide information that will be helpful to healthcare professionals, early childhood care providers, public safety personnel, parents and students.

For Design and Media Production student Kristen Shelton, learning some of the facts and numbers about the epidemic was staggering. The Fulton County resident attended and worked at last year’s seminar and will attend this year again.

“One of the things that really stuck out to me was that Georgia is one of the number one places for sex trafficking in this country,” Shelton said. “They are trading girls like merchandise right here.”

Shelton, who works as a student assistant in the Chattahoochee Technical College Office of Service Learning said this year’s event should be even more interesting with new speakers, topics and a focused approach that will allow for more in-depth discussion. Both days will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions for specific audiences. Some breakout sessions representatives from local police departments and the Department of Juvenile Justice, GBI, Department of Family and Children Services, Delivered Vessels Inc., Voice Today and the Cobb County Victim Witness Unit.

This two-day multidisciplinary event which offers several workshops presented by recognized experts from the field. Professionals receive practical instruction, the latest research and information, and the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge about recognizing, intervening and preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation.

“This is a topic that we see in the news and know people who have been personally impacted,” said Instructor and Faculty Director for Service Learning at Chattahoochee Technical College Dr. Marcy Hehnly. “We want to take it to that next step and work as a community to protect children from exploitation and abuse. So many children worldwide from all socio-economic backgrounds, across all ages, religions and cultures suffer from these crimes every day. We hope that by addressing what people can do, we are giving victims a voice.”

More information and registration for the free event is available at www.chattahoocheetech.edu/service-learning. If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Office of Service Learning at sl@chattahoocheetech.edu.