Before the age of 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be victims of sexual abuse. Ninety percent of the time, the abuser is someone they know. Boone County schools just finished the first year under a new state law that requires child abuse and child sexual abuse education programs be taught annually in kindergarten through 12th grade. However, there is no money allocated in the state’s budget. So, the Community Foundation of Boone County provided $40,000 in a grant through Sylvia’s Place child advocacy center to help with the startup costs. A specially-trained presenter comes into the classroom, helping the students with prevention and recognizing the lures. More details in the Lebanon Reporter.

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