BY: DAVID SHEPHERD, NEWS DIRECTOR
BIRDSEYE -- Around 70 people turned out Tuesday night at Pine Ridge Elementary School for a program on child predators.
It was hosted by Dubois County CASA.
"Our role is working on the other side," says Deena Hubler with CASA. "Once something has happened to a child and they aren't getting the help they need, that's when CASA comes in. So, this is a unique opportunity for us to bring this program, partnering with SWICACC, to the community."
During Tuesday’s training, parents learned that, in most cases, child molestation victims know their abusers.
"When CASA becomes a part of a child's life because of sex abuse, it's because they're not getting the proper care without the intervention of the court", explains Hubler. "So often, when we're involved, it's because mom still doesn't believe that her daughter has been abused, or her son has been abused, or maybe dad doesn't believe and, so, the child isn't protected without the intervention of the court and that's when CASA gets involved."
In Dubois County, there are resources available for victims of sexual abuse. Contact Crisis Connection at (812) 482 - 1555.