Free Picnic, Music and Entertainment following the March Guest Speakers: Pastor Willie Timpleton, Pastor Allen Roper, Pastor Sheldon Brown, Robert D. Boyd Jr., Ryan Hodges.
Join us, as we raise awareness and support for a new law that would require monitoring devices in all school vehicles. Let’s work towards changing the laws to ensure the protection and safety of all children. If you can’t walk, bring your chair and a sign to the park.
Bernadine Wade’s seven year old, special needs daughter was sexually assaulted repeatedly as she rode the school van from her home in North Canton to school in Jackson Township. Although, the teenaged perpetrator who assaulted Ms. Wade’s daughter admitted to the crime, was found guilty, and served time in a juvenile facility, neither the Jackson School officials nor Jackson Schools Transportation Department officials will acknowledge that the incident even occurred. Why? Because legally, they don’t have to. According to Ohio law, school bus/van drivers are only responsible for transporting children to and from school. They are not responsible for what happens to the children while they are on the bus or van. Under this law, children are not protected against sexual abuse, assault, or any other violation while riding a school bus or van.
Join us as we take our work to the next level by addressing the importance of cultural sensitivity and appropriateness in our sexual violence prevention efforts. Nationally known speakers, Sujata Warrier, Director of the New York City Program for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and Loretta Ross, National Coordinator of SisterSong, will address cultural competency as well as sexual violence through a human rights framework. Local presenters will share their innovative ideas and give effective techniques on working inclusively with specific populations including teens, men and boys, and LGBTQI youth. Specific workshops will also focus on best practices regarding working within school systems and among diverse community partners.
This conference will also allow for networking with other prevention specialists, information about policy initiatives, and valuable take home resources that you can apply directly to your work. With the economic climate we are all facing, we will learn not only how to do more with less, but how to do BETTER with less.
We hope that this conference provides a bridge by which we may cross from our own experience to that of others and back, along the way discovering our similarities, developing a respect for our differences, and in the end embracing the diversity of each individual.
Through the eyes of three families, All God’s Children tells the personal story of the first boarding school for children of missionaries to be investigated for abuse at the hands of the parents’ missionary colleagues. The survivors and parents share their journey of seeking justice, redemption and healing.
The Beardslee, Shellrude and Darr families left North America for West Africa during the 1950s. They followed what they believed to be “God’s Calling” – to spread Christianity throughout the world. Their children however - starting at the age of 6 – were required to attend the boarding school in Mamou, Guinea, run by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Cut off from their families for 9 months out of the year and without any reliable means of communication, the children quietly suffered emotional, spiritual, physical and/or sexual abuse at the hands of the all-missionary staff.
It took the children decades to acknowledge the effects the abuses had on their lives. When they finally dared to break the silence and speak out, the Church denied all allegations and refused to help. But through years of persistent activism the survivors and their parents finally compelled the Christian and Missionary Alliance to conduct an investigation and acknowledge the abuses. The healing could begin.
The investigation of the Mamou Alliance Academy was the first of its kind but has since inspired investigations at other schools of many different denominations.
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