City of North Liberty

North Liberty Better Neighbors - Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training

North Liberty Administration and Library staff are members of the Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) and Prevent Child Abuse Johnson County (PCAJC). North Liberty holds the annual "Kites for Kids Festival" every April in recognition of adults and children impacted by abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This Stewards of Children course is made possible by the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) and the City of North Liberty

Trainer:  RVAP Assistant Director Michael Shaw (they/them).

This training is provided to you for FREE. Thanks to RVAP, the cost of student workbooks is covered.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Face masks will be REQUIRED for attendees during this training.

Darkness to Light's evidence-based Stewards of Children® training teaches you how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Guided by the vision of a world where children can grow up happy, healthy, and safe, Darkness to Light is committed to empowering people to prevent child sexual abuse. We believe that protecting children is an adult’s responsibility, and that through education and training, adults will be empowered to act.

During the training, you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about being an active bystander. You will also:

  • learn what it means to be an active bystander and what actions you can take.
  • identify signs of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.
  • know the steps for reporting, including essential information to provide.
  • name the basic skills of handling a child’s disclosure of maltreatment.
  • receive examples of boundary violations and red flag behaviors.
  • learn how to make spontaneous and planned interventions.
  • learn what commercial sexual exploitation of children is and what circumstances make children vulnerable.
  • learn about the root causes of commercial sexual exploitation directly from survivors.
  • understand how preventing child sexual abuse reduces the risk for children being commercially sexually exploited.
  • learn why relationships and resilience are the building blocks of safety for children.
  • receive examples of how to talk about personal safety with children of all ages.
  • learn how to use everyday opportunities to talk with children about sexual abuse.

Questions about this training can be directed to North Liberty Special Projects Coordinator Angela McConville (she/her) at [email protected].

We’re committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation at our events for individuals of all abilities. For accommodations, please reach out to [email protected] or call (319) 626-5755.


Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is a sexual assault victim advocate and prevention education agency; they serve anyone impacted by sexual violence - survivors and/or their loved ones - in eight eastern Iowa counties. This includes but is not limited to individuals of any age, gender, identity, culture, etc. RVAP provides:

  • 24-hour crisis lines
  • Counseling, therapy and support groups
  • Advocacy for survivors engaging in medical, legal and academic responses to violence and reporting assault
  • Queer Health Advocacy and Doula Services
  • Immigration advocacy
  • Advocacy for incarcerated survivors
  • Emergency financial assistance and housing advocacy
  • Community based advocacy
  • Provide referrals to community resources

Want to help? Learn about what it takes to be a volunteer at RVAP at If you have questions or want information about how to provide this Stewards of Children training to your staff, call RVAP at 319-335-6001 to speak with a staff member. 

Date: 08/09/2022 (Tue.)

Location: North Liberty Library - Room BCD
520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty, IA 52317

Created by:   Angela McConville
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