— It's an event which takes sadness and turns it into hope.
The annual "Take Back the Night" event presented by the Victims Intervention Program is set for next week.
It will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Cooperage on Main Street in Honesdale.
Michele Minor-Wolf, executive director of VIP, said this year's even will be "a little different."
One way is the fact it is being held indoors.
Another is the program.
Author Norman E. Friedman, who has written a book about child sexual abuse, will be the featured speaker. Wolf said he will talk for about 45 minutes.
Take Back the Night will also have some of the same traditions as always.
Wolf said survivors of abuse will be speaking, there will be the exhibit of shoes which depicts the atrocities of abuse, the quilt project will be on display and there will be artwork on display.
Entertainment will be provided by Patrick J. Fiore & Students.
Wolf said there will be T-shirts for sale and refreshments will be served, including desserts and coffee.
She said there will be handouts available and she feels this is a "teaching opportunity" for VIP.
Everyone from the community is invited to attend the event.
If you would like more information about Take Back the Night, contact VIP at 253-4401.
About the author
Norman E. Friedman has been caring for other people's children and their parents for more than 50 years.
Page 2 of 2 - Trained as an educator, administrator, counselor, and mental health professional, his career has focused on the care and treatment of children and youth with serious emotional problems.
Since his retirement as Executive Director of a large residential treatment center in New York State he has been employed as an abuse prevention training specialist by the A.M. Skier Insurance Agency in Hawley, Pennsylvania for the last 14 years. His appearance Wednesday is sponsored by the A.M. Skier Insurance Agency.
Recognized for 25 years of service to children of Westchester County on June 30, 1998, the day was named in his honor. Honored by the Westchester County Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect on April 18, 1996, he received an award for his efforts to prevent physical and sexual abuse of children.
For the past 25 years, he has consulted at schools, camps, day care centers, and other congregate care facilities throughout the United States when issues of physical or sexual abuse have become a concern.
Well known as a national speaker, Norman has taught as a guest lecturer at Westchester Community College and Fordham University School of Social Work. He has been quoted by the New York Times, Gannett Newspapers, The Washington Post about issues of Inappropriate Intimate Behaviors relating to adults and children in congregate care programs.
His book, "Inoculating Your Children Against Sexual Abuse: What every parent should know!" is available worldwide on www.amazon.com.
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