Local Youth Groups Teaming Up to Stop Child Sexual Abuse

By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.

More than a half dozen youth services and educational organizations in the city have teamed up to establish a campaign to end child sexual abuse in the Lynn.

The Enough Abuse Campaign, consists of the joint efforts of Lynn Economic Opportunity, My Brother’s Table, St. Mary’s School of Lynn, the Lynn Public Schools, All Care VNA, and Massachusetts Citizens for Children. The campaign will be focused on helping to identify the victims of child sexual abuse and raise awareness of the issue to others in the community.

The campaign was the idea of local attorney James Carrigan, who has witnessed firsthand the impacts of child sexual abuse and wanted to do something to stop it. Carrigan organized a group of executive directors from local non-profits and youth services agencies and the Enough Abuse Campaign was launched.

The group will jointly host training workshops on April 27, 28 and 29 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), from 89 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Lynn City Hall.

The workshops will focus on teaching those who work with children to look for the signs of child sexual abuse, so the victims can be identified and the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Carrigan said that the  campaign will continue to focus on prevention, prosecution fo the offenders and treatment for the victims.

Other key contributors to the effort include Birgitta Damon of Lynn Economic Opportunity (LEO), Diane Kuzia Hills of My Brother’s Table, Superintendent Catherine Latham f the Lynn Public Schools and Jetta Bernier of the Massachusetts Citizens for Children.

Participants in the workshops must pre-register by calling 781-309-5619

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