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California Governor Signs a Bill Authorizing Schools to Teach Students Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

On September 29, 2014, California Governor signs a version of Erin's Law, requiring the State Department of Education to prepare and provide a curriculum framework for child sexual abuse awareness and prevention training for children. The bill also authorizes schools to deliver such training but fell short of my hope in that it only encourages the state board to consider including age appropriate training, but does not require it.  Still a huge step in the right direction!

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Don't Be Fooled

We have seen story after story about predators in the place that is supposed to be our place of restoration and refuge -THE CHURCH. Truth is, the child molester has found sanctuary in the church because church goers want so desperately to believe that everyone who attends church is good, or at the very least has some redemptive quality within them.

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What Does the Sexual Predator Look Like?

The sexual abuser/pedophile/molester/predator often looks and acts just like everybody else. We often have this vision of the creepy man in a trench-coat who lurks around unassumingly or the perverted looking guy who drives the ice cream truck. However, while some predators may in fact look like those characters, most often, the predator is a "normal looking" member of society. They may even be well respected members of their community. Typically, they are likable individuals who work everyday and would by all accounts be classified as an all-around "nice guy" if we surveyed their neighbors, friends, and family.

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