FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Over 1,200 law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers and community advocates participated in nearly 20 statewide trainings aimed at protecting Kentucky’s children from sexual abuse.
The trainings were selected by the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board and made possible through funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, administered by the Office of the Attorney General.
The trainings were held in Florence, Morehead, Maysville, Elizabethtown, Henderson, Louisville, Ashland, Hazard, Pikeville, Lexington, Jamestown, London, Bowling Green and Paducah.
Attorney General Andy Beshear said the training sessions focused on protecting children from molester selection, engagement and seduction by examining the behaviors of sex offenders.
“Approximately one out of every 214 males in Kentucky is a registered sex offender,” says Cory Jewell Jenson, a nationally recognized child advocate and the co-director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention. “Considering only five to 13 percent of victims even disclose their abuse, we have to do a better job of educating professionals and the public alike. This child abuse prevent project in Kentucky makes it a leader nationwide in terms of child safety, community policing and crime prevention initiatives.”