For anyone age 18 or older who has not already attended Sessions in English Please pre-register for the session at least 5 days in advance of the scheduled date, at the phone number provided. Since then, locally trained facilitators have been conducting these 3-hour training sessions in various locations throughout the diocese.
for Adults (PGC) in our diocese in October, 2003, many clergy, employees, and volunteers throughout the diocese were trained by a VIRTUS representative over a period of three days.
Educate him or her about the fact that pornography is wrong and that our human sexuality is a precious gift from God that is to be cherished and valued — not put on display or cheapened in any way.
Let your child know that “adult” material does damage to those who see it and to those who are lured into participating in it.
Listen If we listen to what our children say, we can hear clues that someone is teaching them sexually explicit language or showing them sex-related materials.
Children might blurt out language that indicates they know words that they should not know or use.
The child molester knows this behavior will not be tolerated. So, how can parents recognize when someone is using these tools to trap their child?
This is an important point, and one you must affirm repeatedly in order to foster your child’s comfort in disclosing this information to you.
Find out the criteria used to rate movies, television, video games, and song lyrics so that you can make sure your child is not inadvertently being exposed to sexually explicit material without your knowledge.
Become familiar with current slang your teen is using.
For other questions, pastors, principals, and parish/school secretaries may contact: Sr.
Esther Dunegan 409-924-4304 [email protected] Paul Thomas 409-924-4315 [email protected](From Virtus.org, August 2004) By Sharon Womack Doty, Senior Child Sex Abuse Prevention Consultant to the VIRTUS Programs There are many signs of a potential child molester that are public behaviors, visible to everyone who is observing the adult’s interaction with children and young people. Among the warning signs of a child molester are: The use of this “adult” material to ensnare children rarely occurs in public or within view of other children and young people.