Input needed for future child abuse prevention training event

Published: Mar. 24, 2017 at 11:44 AM EDT
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Keeping your children safe can be challenging, especially when it comes to sexual assault.

Lansing’s Firecracker Foundation is looking to help parents by designing a child abuse prevention training program based on your concerns.

The goal of the event is to give parents tools and resources regarding sexual assault.

“I saw a lot of parents having exchanges online and there being a lot of confusion about what can we really do to protect our children,” said Tashmica Torok, director of the Firecracker Foundation.

Torok wants to hear from parents through an online survey. Information from that survey will determine what will be discussed, where the event will be held, and who will speak on a panel.

“People from within the education system, are you interested in hearing from people from the Department of Human Services?” said Torok. “What can we bring to the table that would really serve the community and empower it?”

Torok says the Larry Nasser case has put the issue top of mind for a lot of parents.

Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor remains in jail, charged with sexually assaulting multiple girls and possessing child pornography.

“When you trust someone so much with treating your body and healing you in such a way it really is a difficult thing to get over,” said Torok.

Torok assures Mid-Michigan there are plenty of resources to help.

“Even if they are adults and need help making a report or if they are children or teens that need access to resources we want to make sure that we are here to provide that,” said Torok.

The event will be held sometime in May.

for a link to the survey.