Lawrenceville, NJ – April 1, 2015 – In the first quarter of 2015, PEI Kids presented six Enough Abuse workshops to approximately 300 Mercer County adults, including the education students at Rider University. These students were able to gain a new understanding of child sexual abuse, in addition to learning how to prevent, identify and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse. This education is particularly important to current and future child-serving professionals, like Rider University’s education majors, since it helps them understand how to create proper child safety plans.
Since 2011 PEI Kids has been the lead agency for the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse which is part of the statewide Enough Abuse campaign. Program volunteers present 1-3 hour Enough Abuse workshops which teach adults and older teens how to recognize signs indicating abuse in children, recognize risky behaviors in adults, and respond appropriately to children who disclose abuse. Four Enough Abuse workshops geared specifically to the needs and knowledge of the particular audience are available throughout Mercer County for groups interested in learning how to keep children in their communities safe. Any group interested in hosting a free, Enough Abuse community workshop should contact PEI Kids at 609-695-3739.
About PEI Kids
PEI Kids’ mission is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids’ aspiration for the children of Mercer County, NJ, is “Safe Kids, Sound Futures.” Currently serving approximately 14,000 children and their families each year, PEI Kids began in 1985 when, while working at a rape crisis center, its founders discovered there were no local services tailored for children who had been sexually abused. Since that time, its services have expanded to include Prevention/ Education and Intervention programs relating to personal and online safety, physical and sexual abuse, understanding physical and educational differences, bullying prevention , anger management, gang prevention, and the overall well-being of the child. PEI Kids is also the lead agency of the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse, and the agency provides support services to children in foster care and their families. To learn more about PEI Kids, please call 609-695-3739 or visit www.peikids.org.