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VVSD's Erin’s Law child sexual abuse forums are Jan. 24

          Did you know that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they reach the age of 18? Did you also know that, while most children are taught about Stranger Danger, nine out of 10 child abuse cases are perpetrated by someone they know?

          Because the safety of our students is extremely important to us, Valley View Community Unit School District 365U, in conjunction with Guardian Angel Community Services, will again conduct a state-mandated age-appropriate child sexual abuse awareness program for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade students starting in early February.

          VVSD wants to be sure family members are comfortable with the so-called Erin’s Law program which is why the district has scheduled two presentations on Tuesday, Jan. 24, where parents and guardians will be able to get a first-hand look at the information children will hear and also ask questions. One will take place at 9 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Both will be at the VVSD Administration Center, 755 Dalhart, Romeoville.

          In their February programs, students will learn about:

          ●The difference between safe and unsafe touches

          ●Off limit body areas that no one should touch except for medical or health reasons

          ●Safe and unsafe secrets

          ●How to understand they have the right to say “no”

          ●Safe people to talk to when they have a problem or secret

          More information on the Erin’s Law program can be found at

Joliet-based Guardian Angel is a respected community partner that has been in existence since 1897. The agency has been accredited since 2001 by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and has served as a resource to VVSD for training and as a place for outplacement for students with significant mental health issues and for parent presentation.  Both Bolingbrook and Romeoville Police departments work closely with the organization as well.