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April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and the Watertown Police Department is bringing awareness to this important topic by hosting two community events

Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

Posted: April 16, 2024
Agency of the Month: Watertown Police Department 

Child sexual and physical abuse is a hard topic to think about but it’s even harder to talk about. Children are our tomorrow and they are our most vulnerable population so we need to stand up for them and be their voice because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and the Watertown Police Department is bringing awareness to this important topic by hosting two community events:
1) Community presentation on Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention, Detection, and Advocacy for Parents
a. Tuesday, April 23
2) Child Abuse Awareness 5K/Walk
a. Saturday, April 27

Community presentation on Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention, Detection and Advocacy for Parents:

Event Details:

Location: Watertown High School commons/lunchroom area

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 23rd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Presenters from the Human Service Agency, Watertown High School, Watertown Police Department, and Beacon Center will lead discussions on crucial topics including:
1. Recognizing the distinctions between appropriate and inappropriate interactions.
2. Identifying red flags and navigating age-appropriate conversations with children.
3. Indicators of concern among children.
4. Outlining available resources within our school district.
5. Law Enforcement's response protocols.
6. Social media and sexting concerns.
7. The pivotal role of advocates in addressing child cases.

This event is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and empower ourselves to protect our children effectively. Let's come together as a community to make a difference.

Child Abuse Awareness 5K/Walk on Saturday, April 27

Event Details:

Location: The 5K and Walk will start and finish in the garage at the Watertown Police Department located at 128 N. Maple.

Time:
- Registration starts at 9:00 am
- 5K/Walk starts at 10:00 am.

Entry Fees:
- $20 per person if pre-registered before 10:00am April 26th
- $25 per person day of the event
- Participating Kids 12 and under are FREE but a registration form MUST be completed and signed by the parent.
- Kids riding in a stroller are FREE and no registration form is needed. No shirt will be received.

Pre-register here 

“We would love to see the community come together to celebrate children and show their support and commitment to the Fight Against Child Abuse!”