Acting Attorney General of New Jersey Mandates Stewards Training

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that all Department of Law and Public Safety employees will receive mandatory Stewards of Children prevention training. This training announcement coincides with a statewide effort through the NJ YMCA State Alliance to offer free online training to all New Jerseyans.

“As law enforcement and as parents, we owe it to our children to expose the perpetrators who commit these hideous crimes and bring them to justice,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “Law enforcement will continue to crack down on this vicious crime. Yet, it is important to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility, be it teachers, friends, relatives or neighbors, to recognize the signs of abuse and report it to the proper authorities. That is why our Department will participate in this mandatory training.”

Beginning in October, multiple local YMCAs have been holding events around New Jersey to spread the word about this important training. The New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs applauds the leadership and commitment of the Attorney General to giving communities the prevention tools needed to make New Jersey a safer place for children,” William Lovett, Executive Director of New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs, said.

“This is an unprecedented state-wide investment in the prevention of child sexual abuse,” said Jolie Logan, President and CEO of Darkness to Light. “Many adults do not know how to recognize signs of sexual abuse, and most do not know what to do if sexual abuse is discovered. The New Jersey Attorney General’s office is empowering adults to protect children, and there is no greater gift than providing safe communities for children to grow up healthy and whole.”

To read the full release please go to: http://njtoday.net/2014/02/06/acting-ag-announces-new-effort-prevent-child-sexual-abuse/

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