With the sentencing of a Dunkirk man for child pornography, local officials are encouraging people to get involved to help prevent future tragic events.
Jana McDermott, the executive director of the Child Advocacy Program in Chautauqua County notes Roger Luczkowiak is not the first sexual predator in the area and unfortunately won't be the last.
"This is not an isolated incident. One in four girls will be sexually assaulted and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday," she said. "What we hope is that people will take the time to educate themselves and become aware to prevent, recognize and react responsibly."
The Child Advocacy Program holds "Stewards of Children" workshops around the county. The next one is set for Aug. 29 from 5:30 8:30 p.m. at the SUNY Fredonia incubator on Central Avenue, Dunkirk. Cost is $10 to attend.
"For $10, we can keep our children safer," she said.
There will be more training events held in the near future.
According to McDermott, Stewards of Children is the only nationally distributed, adult-focused, award winning and evidence-supported program of its kind. It's meant to prevent children sexual abuse or recognize when it happens and learn to react responsibly to the issue. The county where Penn State is located is also doing a Stewards of Children program now.
There are 30 authorized facilitators in Chautauqua County who are able to give Stewards of Children workshops at local churches, schools, rotary clubs and youth organizations.
To set up a training workshop or to get more information, call 338-9844 or visit www.capjustice.org.