Parents: SARC holding free education night on preventing child sex abuse

KENNEWICK, Wash. - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this week Tri-Cities parents have the opportunity to learn ways to protect their children from falling victim to sexual abuse.

The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) in Kennewick is hosting a free Community Education Night on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will include a light dinner, education for parents and teens and activities for children.

Topics will include the grooming process, red flags of sexual exploitation, indicators and effects of child sexual abuse, how to respond to a disclosure and internet safety. 

"Each year SARC provides services to approximately 300 children who have been sexually assaulted," said JoDee Garretson, executive director of SARC. "Oftentimes, the abuse may have been prevented if families had the valuable information we will be sharing."

The event is being held at Westgate Elementary on 2514 W. 4th Ave. in Kennewick.

For questions, contact Rosanna Herrera at (509) 374-5391 or

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