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No Longer Silent – Speaking Out to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

A series of Stewards of Children – Child Sexual Abuse prevention workshops – to be held in Iqaluit for community members.

Ottawa, March 25, 2013 – Voice Found, a Canadian non-profit organization that is committed to preventing Child Sexual Abuse and proactively supporting the healing and recovery of individuals and communities announced a series of Darkness to Light Stewards of Children workshops to be held in Iqaluit the week of March 23-30, 2013. Working with the Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council (ELC) , over 50 participants from women’s shelters, foster parents, student support services with the Department of Education, employees from Public Health and the general public will attend.

The Stewards of Children program is designed for all responsible adults, including parents and organizations that serve children and youth. The workshop provides participants with the core principles for preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibiliy to Child Sexual Abuse.

“All responsible adults in the community need to be educated to look after the welfare of children. When a community is educated, it puts sexual predators on notice.” Cynthia Bland, founder and CEO of Voice Found.

Fighting Child Sexual Abuse in Nunavut

Child Sexual Abuse crosses all social and economic boundaries and the impact of absue can have deep ramifications – suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, increased risk behaviors and the perpetuation of abuse. The Embrace Life Council began in 2003 with the recognition that there needed to be a coordinated initiative in addressing the high suicide rates in Nunavut. Together, Voice Found and the Embrace Life Council, working at the grassroots level in Nunavut, will help build a healthy community through education, awareness and indivual responsibility.

“As part of the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy Action Plan, we are working to address the issue of child sexual abuse by empowering parents and caregivers through education.”  Jenny Tierney, Executive Director of the Embrace Life Council.

About Voice Found:

Founded in © 2012, Voice Found is a Canadian non-profit organization that is committed to preventing Child Sexual Abuse and proactively supporting the healing and recovery of individuals and communities from the health, financial and emotional impacts of that abuse. Child Sexual Abuse isn’t an individual problem or a family problem—it’s a community problem.

About The Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council:

The Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to support and encourage Nunavummiut to value life. One of our objectives is to educate the public on the issues of suicide, mental health, community health and related issues.

For further information:

For more information about Voice Found, contact: 
Cynthia Bland, founder and CEO of Voice Found: [email protected] 

For more information about Iqaluit, contact: 
Jenny Tierney, Executive Director, Embrace Life Council, 867-975-3233 ext. 226, [email protected]

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