By Andrew Gregg
Managing Editor of Content
Cuesta will be hosting a Child Abuse Prevention Academy on April 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in room 5401, and will be featured on the North County campus via PolyCom in room N5006.
The academy is being hosted as part of Child Abuse Awareness month.
â€œChild abuse is an extremely serious problem in the United States,â€ said Don Norton, chair of Cuestaâ€™s human development division. â€œOne out of four girls are molested or victims ofÂ sexual abuse by the time theyâ€™re 18; they think itâ€™s one in six for boys.â€
The academy will center largely around what happens to a child who is suffering from severe neglect or abuse, and specifically what happens to the brain, according to Norton.
The effects of abuse can be lethal.
â€œThe leading cause of death for children is neglect in our country,â€ Norton said.
The featured speaker will be Ron Huxley, a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Preregistration is required; to register, Cuesta students can call 546-3263. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.