Calvary Baptist Church to Hold Presentation on Child Sex Abuse

Centre Daily News
January 31, 2012

Calvary Baptist Church in State College and the newly formed Beyond the Silence will host a presentation "Beyond the Betrayal: Healing from Sexual Abuse," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the church at 1250 University Drive, State College.

The presentation will feature Victoria Kepler Didato, director/founder of the Child Sexual Abuse Institute of Ohio. A State College native, Didato is recipient of Penn State's Alumni Recognition Award for her book "One in Four" and for her work in the field of child sexual abuse.

The session is open to the public. It will include topics such as how sexual abuse affects the brain, body and spirit, reading the signs of sexual abuse, and the impact on victims, families, community and the culture at large.

There will be morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch is not provided, but a box lunch is available for a cost of $8.

Calvary also will host a session from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 titled "Healing from Sexual Abuse: What Would Jesus Say to the Wounded?"

The session will focus on topics specifically for those in the ministry, charitable organizations, education or lay counseling.

The registration fee, which covers both sessions, is $20 for adults, $10 for students. Register online at . For more information, contact Melanie at or 238- 0822, ext. 17.

Beyond the Silence is a group forming in February that aims to share the stories of the sexually abused and help abuse survivors through free counseling or outside agencies.


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