Community cafes to help residents discuss problem of child sexual abuse

Amid all the turmoil that our area has experienced over the last year or so, it’s important to sit down and talk about problems and how they can be fixed. So some local residents have put together a series of events to help people talk about the issue of child sexual abuse and about what can be done to prevent it in the future.

Next weekend, local churches will host community cafes. The cafes will be held using the World Cafe model, which encourages personal sharing at small tables. Participants respond to compelling questions and change tables after each round of questions to promote sharing of ideas. The cafe is capped by a town hall session in which ideas are shared with the whole group and plans for future actions are formulated.

The cafes are free and open to the public. Cafes 1 & 2 will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. Cafe 3 will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at University Mennonite Church, and Cafe 4 will be held Monday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at State College Presbyterian Church.

As Eileen Wise and Jean Wiant write in an article in today’s Centre Daily Times, “It will take time and the sustained efforts of the whole community” to prevent abuse.

-Erin

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