New Training and Curriculum on Sexual Abuse Coming

July 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Did you know that general statistics indicate that:

  • One in three girls will be sexually assaulted by the age of 16?
  • 1 out of every 3 American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime?
  • 6 out of 10 rape/sexual assaults occurred in the homes of the victim, family members or friends?

Paula Schaefer of Paula Schaefer & Associates, Inc. and myself (Giovanna) are here in the Cotati office working on a new training and curriculum to help heal girls who have been sexually abused. The training and curriculum will mainly be for residential facilities in juvenile justice or the child welfare system who work with girls. We all know that a major pathway into delinquency is sexual abuse and this training will focus on working with facilities to create safety (first), educating personnel in the facility about the impact of sexual abuse, and then working with them to utilize a new 20-Week Girls Circle Guide that will help girls address sexual abuse and it’s impacts. All of this to help the girls who have been wounded to realize that it is NOT THEIR FAULT.

Currently, we are looking for agencies who would like to be a “pilot site” for this training and curriculum rollout in the late Fall of ’09. We are additionally looking for grants that will fund the research of this project.

We have been diligently working on this project for several years and it is going to be revolutionary! Contact Giovanna if you want to know more or are interested in being a pilot site. It’s time to get to the bottom of so many of girls’ deeper rooted problems. Get ready for a healing journey!

–  Giovanna Taormina, Executive Director of Girls Circle Association

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