Teachers get a lesson on child sexual abuse

Angelina Perez

Amarillo, TX- In hopes of making a difference, hundreds of educators came together to learn how to identify child sexual abuse in the classroom.

Teachers, counselors and even parents sat in on a seminar where they learned about what signs to look for regarding sexual abuse of children.

They also learned what ages are most likely to be targeted and what to look for in an offender.

The seminar was put on by local psychotherapist and author, Troy Timmons.

Timmons gave tips on how to help children who have been abused and how to prevent more children from being abused.

Timmons says majority of the offenders in the Amarillo area are close to their victims in some way, many of those are within the family.

Timmons says one in three girls and one out of every six boys will be sexually abused in some form by the time they reach high school graduation.

Timmons also says children between the ages of eight and twelve are the most vulnerable.

Only 16% of sexual abuse cases are reported.

Timmons says if a child comes to you about sexual abuse the most important thing you can do is listen.