Community Forum: Local police host Mosman event after swimming coach child abuse allegations.
WE MET WITH LOCAL POLICE LAST WEEK, TO DISCUSS THE IDEA OF A COMMUNITY FORUM ON THE TOPIC OF CHILD SEX ABUSE, AND THE STRATEGIES NEEDED WHEN DISCUSSING THIS CONFRONTING ISSUE WITH OUR KIDS. WE ARE PROUD TO SAY THAT MOSMAN COLLECTIVE’S INITIATIVE, WITH NORTH SHORE POLICE AREA COMMAND, WILL TAKE PLACE AT MOSMAN ART GALLERY, NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 4.
By ANNA USHER with images by GRAHAM MONRO
Recent events allegedly involving a Mosman swim coach accused of molesting eight girls – aged between six and ten – has left many local parents wrestling with the confronting topic of childhood sexual abuse.
So how – and when should we start a conversation with our kids about body safety?
North Shore Police Area Command is hosting a special event for lower north shore parents next week, on how to approach protective behaviours with their children.
Senior Constable Jenni Brown and Constable Michael Alexander will host a community forum, with assistance from the Office of the Children’s Guardian – to provide valuable insights around body ownership and the right to be safe from an early age.
The evening will deliver critical information all children need to know, Senior Constable Brown says, “and there will be resources readily available for parents, suggesting how to speak to their children about sexual abuse and online grooming.”
The information night comes in the wake of child sexual abuse allegations at Mosman Swim Centre.
The community event will be held at Mosman Art Gallery on April 4, from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Interested parents and guardians can RSVP direct, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org