Stewards of Children program from the Monique Burr Foundation works to prevent child abuse, abduction

6:54 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a group on the First Coast that is trying to help keep your children safe. The key to the program is you, the parent.

The goal, according to program officials, is to teach parents seven steps to prevent and recognize child sexual abuse and abduction.

Tracy Bailey of Jacksonville said the recent death of Cherish Perrywinkle is something she has thought about.

"I actually told the children all weekend more about staying close, paying attention," Bailey said.

Diena Thompson, whose 7-year-old daughter Somer was abducted and killed nearly four years ago, said "Now is the time for education and prevention."

For months, Thompson and others at the Monique Burr Foundation have worked in conjunction with the organization Darkness to Light and Children's Safe Passage to offer the Stewards of Children Class.

"I teach parents 7 steps and tips on what to do to look for how to prevent ... at least help to prevent it," Thompson said as she described the program.

For example, having a plan and talking to your child about it to prevent sexual abuse including abduction.

"I don't know that I would personally take it," Bailey said. "Because I read a lot and I do a lot and I train my child a lot preventatively. But, it seems that locally there is a lot of parents that could utilize that knowledge."

The program costs $10 per person. More information about the program can be found here.

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