Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
Prevent Child Sexual Abuse - Free Webinar
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (12-1pm)
Hosted by: Pam Karalunas, Chapter Coordinator, Alaska Children’s Alliance & Joanna McFarlin, Director, Kodiak Child Advocacy Center
Dare to be the One who learns to respond to and prevent child sexual abuse. For many, our quick answer is to teach the old adage, “Stranger Danger.” But when we look at who is hurting our children, the data gives a very different answer. Nationally, approximately 90 percent of sexually abused children knew their perpetrator. That number is even higher in Alaska. According to the 2016 Crime in Alaska Supplemental Report: Felony Level Sex Offenses, 96 percent of the victims in Alaska between the ages of 11 – 17 years old knew the suspect. The report further shows that 74 percent of sex offenses occurred in a residence.That means these abusers are trusted friends, family, teachers, coaches and religious leaders. And this report does not address the 855 children aged 6 and under seen at Child Advocacy Centers in Alaska in FY19.
Join us on Wednesday, April 24th (12-1pm) for our 2nd free webinar in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April). This webinar will teach participants how to respond to and prevent child sexual abuse, how children and families are groomed by predators, and how molesters use needs and vulnerabilities of children and their adults to gain access. You will also learn why children don’t tell about being sexually abused and how to respond if they do disclose.
Join the meeting using Go To Meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/576941549
Phone: +1 (571) 317-3122 (Access Code: 576-941-549)
Protecting Your Children: Advice from Child Molesters
Resilience After Trauma: An ACEs Mural Project
Alaska Children’s Trust is pleased to share Resilience After Trauma, a special collaborative art project coordinated under the direction of Mr. Steve Gordon, resulting in seven unique, storytelling murals by 20 different artists. Each mural reflects the powerful and personal stories of childhood trauma, resilience and healing.
Resilience After Trauma launched at a special reception held February 7, 2019 at Church of Love, Spenard Rd. The murals will be located for viewing, free and open to the public, at various locations this spring. Contact venue for hours of operation. Contact Steve Gordon for questions or opportunities to display a mural(s) at a venue you know.
ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that impair development of children’s brains and bodies so profoundly that the effects persist throughout a person’s life. Sustained or repeated exposure to severe adversity without supportive relationships is toxic for children. Developing resilience – strength to care for one’s self, healthy support, and recover from challenge – can buffer children from the impact of ACEs.
Mural Exhibition Schedule
February 20, 2019 Alaska State Museum, Juneau (private)
February 8 - March 8, 2019 Downtown (bus) Transit Center, 700 W. 6th Ave. (at H Ave.), Anchorage
March 8, 9, 2019 Denaina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave., Anchorage
March 11 - March 31, 2019 University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage
April 1 - 30, 2019 Z. J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage
May 2019 TBD MatSu Health Foundation, 777 N. Crusey Street, Wasilla
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play an important role in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities.
Go Blue Day Rally: Friday, April 5, 2019, Wells Fargo Building, 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage; 4:30 pm
Join us in wearing blue and attending our rally on April 5 to raise awareness of National Child
Abuse Prevention Month, and learn how we can all make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s children. Together we can
prevent child abuse and neglect.
Mush For Kids: Saturday, April 6, 2019, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks, Alaska
Free family event! Join us for a variety of fun and exciting activities for all ages, a stage packed with demonstrations and entertainment, and over 20 local community organizations sharing information. Plus free dog sled rides for children ages 4-12 years old.
Juneau Reception - 2019 Champions for Kids (Southeast)
Thank you for joining Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer in Juneau on February 20, 2019 where we recognized two Champions for Kids - Ms. Joy Lyon & Senator Peter Micciche. Both have been instrumental in helping Alaska’s children and families thrive. Special thanks to ConocoPhillips for providing a $10,000 challenge grant - their 9th year in helping us prevent child abuse and neglect.
ACT 30th Anniversary Celebration: Thank you to everyone who came to help celebrate our 30th anniversary at our event in Anchorage on September 20 – and thank you to all who made a gift in honor of this milestone. A special thank you to our anniversary sponsors:
Wells Fargo – platinum and challenge grant sponsor, committing $10,000 and key supporter of ACT since 2014
Providence Alaska Children’s Hospital – key anniversary sponsor
Tote Maritime Alaska – anniversary sponsor