DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - With kids heading back to school next week, East Texas school employees are going through mandatory state law child sexual assault and abuse training sessions with the East Texas Alliance for Children.
All teachers, faculty and paraprofessionals are required by state law to be trained in recognition, reporting and prevention of child abuse.
According to Harold's House one in ten children are sexually assaulted every year and of those children 90 % of them know their sexual assaulter which is why it's so important for parents and children to know how to spot the signs and how to properly report it.
The faculty and paraprofessionals went through a very detailed information session this week, where they learned how to spot signs of child sexual abuse, how to talk to them about it and how to ultimately keep them safe.
Harold's House community education director Ashley Cook said it's vital for instructors to know this information.
"This curriculum called stewards of children, all of the CAC's in Texas are approved by the Texas education agency to be able to train the educators." Cook said.
A video is also shown that introduces people who have gone through similar situations in order to help them better understand what these victims are going through.
"We hear stories from adult survivors we hear stories from teachers and coaches and pastors. You know what they went through and also how people responded to it to help keep children safer and primarily we want to prevent it from ever happening." Cook said.
Some signs to look out for with child abuse are unexplained injuries, changes in behavior, fear of others and changes in their eating and sleeping habits.
With approximately 2000 students in Diboll alone it's necessary for all district employees to be prepared to handle this type of situation.
Diboll district social worker Kathy Pavlic said that the faculty and staff have taken a lot away from the training.
"We have to be able to make this information known so that we're looking at the safety of our young children." Pavlic said.
There's also a Steward's of Children five step protection plan to help provide child safety.
Learn the facts, reduce the opportunity for incidents, have open communication, know the signs and react responsibly.
If child abuse is suspected you are encouraged to call the child abuse hotline at 1-(800)-252-5400