Cecilia DowdApr 2, 2018, 8:04 pmApr 2, 2018, 9:05 pm

‘Apple of My Eye’ teaches parents how to prevent childhood sexual abuse

New online classroom moves the conversation beyond #MeToo


BRENTWOOD — Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, says Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victim’s Center.

“We need to move beyond #MeToo,” she said. “What can we do?”

The Apple of My Eye, Guardian for Children is a new program that uses an online classroom to teach parents and community members how to stop child sexual abuse. Attendees learn critical skills to prevent, detect, and report childhood sexual abuse. The program is free and takes an hour to complete. The program is one-of-a-kind, according to Ahearn, and can be taken by anyone for free across the country.

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