The Families and Friends Fighting Against Child Sexual Assault (FACSA) Foundation is coming to Sheridan next weekend to provide a free, educational seminar at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library to empower the community to take a stand against the exploitation of children. Presenter and founder of FACSA, Connie Lee, says most people don't recognize that the United States has a disproportionate amount of assault and trafficking of children.
Sheridan is just one stop on the foundation's Shattering the Silence Tour, which will ultimately encompass 115 cities across the nation, and aims to educate parents and caretakers about exploitation of children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports one out of five girls and one out of 20 boys are victimized by child predators. Lee says these kids have a hard time telling, and even if they tell, it's not always a given they'll get the help they deserve.
Lee will provide practical advise about the warning signs of a dangerous situation for children, safe exit strategies, and how to handle the aftermath of an assault. She said the judicial system doesn't always assign proportionate sentences to child sexual offenders.
She says no race or class of people is immune to feeling the far-reaching consequences of this form of child abuse, and in order to change this trend in American society, all people need to get involved in protecting children from predators.
Lee wants to help survivors of child sexual assault to overcome victimhood to thrive in their lives. Lee's presentation at the library will be the morning of June 8 from 10 to noon. She's also available to give presentations to advocacy groups.