Teachable safety skills seminar

Safe Kids Anoka County is hosting a free seminar, titled Teachable Safety Skills: Myths and Facts, Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m., at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Alison Feigh from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) will provide information to parents to strengthen the defense around their children. Law enforcement will also be on hand to answer questions.

The JWRC has more than 23 years of case management of missing and exploited children and its goal is to empower audiences to walk around smart, not scared.

Feigh’s seminar presentation will focus on strategies that work when talking to teens and children about personal safety.

“In the last 20 years, the research has helped us move away from how a child knows a person and instead focuses on how the person makes the child fee,” Feigh said.

“Knowing that people the child already knows provide the greatest risk for abduction and abuse, our safety messages zoom in on behavior and not the relationship.

“We teach the ‘uh-oh’ feeling, what-if games, bystander to hero and the importance of adults taking ownership to help create safer communities for children.”

Feigh came to the JWRC initially in 2001 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

While completing her master’s degree in criminal justice at St. Cloud State University, Feigh studied sex offender treatment, criminal justice and the media, child Internet exploitation and sex crimes and offenders.

Her research led Feigh to her current project, assisting Dr. Mary Clifford on creating a textbook about sexual violence prevention for Oxford Publishing.

Registration for the seminar is not required. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is located at 13301 Hanson Blvd., Andover. For more information about Safe Kids Anoka County, go to its website at www.safekidsanoka.org.

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