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The Grooming Process in Child Sexual Exploitation
August 31 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Session Description: Child sexual abuse occurs anywhere- homes, schools, childcare centers, and youth-serving organizations- by people that are known, respected and often trusted. Pedophiles groom victims for weeks and months to break down the child’s inhibitions, as well as gain the trust of the child’s parent(s) and the community. In this workshop, participants will learn how best to recognize and protect their organization from being groomed by improving policies and procedures that safeguard children. Participants will walk away with an understanding of grooming and what it can look like in an organization. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how best to protect children and organizations from being groomed.
Learning Objective 1: Participants will learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.
Learning Objective 2: Participants will identify grooming behaviors within an organization.
Learning Objective 3: Participants, by improving child protection policies, will learn how to prevent and report grooming behaviors and respond to suspicions of child abuse and neglect.
Presenter Bio: Mrs. Lewis is the Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. The Foundation was created in 2015, after the death of former Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III to honor Beau and his life’s passion, protecting children and confronting abuse. A practicing attorney for more than 35 years, Mrs. Lewis was previously Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice and until her retirement on November 30, 2015, served as the Director of the Family Division. The Family Division was created by Attorney General Biden, in 2007, to better respond to the needs of children and families in the justice system. Mrs. Lewis has worked in the field of family and child advocacy and protection since December, 1985. She has served as Commissioner on the Child Protection Accountability Commission, the Child Death, Near Death and Stillbirth Commission, the Governor’s Steering Committee for the Protection of Children, the Victims Advisory Council, and on a variety of committees and commissions concerning children and families. She has written and contributed to a wide array of legislative initiatives to protect children and enforce and broaden the rights of victims and survivors of abuse and violence. Since August, 1989 Mrs. Lewis has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Delaware Law School, where she teaches Family Law, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Interviewing and Counseling.