November 20, 2019


Working Together to Keep Students Safe: Preventing, Recognizing, Responding To, and Reporting Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse and misconduct are unfortunately all too common in our schools and communities. Thanks to the Me Too movement and recent media coverage, more space is being created for all of us to learn about how we can be part of the solution to ending sexual violence. This interactive session will provide education about how teaching artists and arts organizations can best respond to and prevent sexual harm involving young people, including information about mandated reporting, new policies and procedures within Chicago Public Schools and trauma-informed interventions that help students heal.


Through lecture and group discussion, the presentation will cover:

  • how to define child abuse and child sexual abuse
  • signs and symptoms of abuse, including the grooming process
  • recognizing and intervening during concerning situations
  • reacting to disclosures of sexual abuse
  • trauma and its impact
  • the mandated reporting process
  • Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s role
  • how to support children, families and yourself

Training Locations

This training will be offered twice. Choose one.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 9am – 12pm | Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St., 2nd Floor

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 5pm – 8pm | Steppenwolf Theatre, Merle Reskin Rehearsal Space, 1624 N. Halsted


This training is intended for arts program managers, teaching artists, educators, and anyone working with youth.

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