SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. An ArkLaTex organization uses resources to spread the message of child abuse prevention.
Donna Wiggins is President and Founder of Flowers for Youth Outreach. As a survivor of sexual abuse, she said she felt the need to help others.
“I was sexually assaulted myself and asked the Lord, ‘What do I do with this?’ Because I don’t believe it happened to me in vain. I wanted to use my experience because I believe experience is the best teacher. I also wanted to use my experience to help others,” she said.
The organization uses several resources to educate the community in an effort to prevent child sexual abuse.
“Reaching out to the community to share ways to prevent child sexual abuse is one of our goals. We use online resources such as Darkness to Light, RAINN and the National Child Trauma Stress Network. We use information from these online sources to share information with the public about ways to prevent child sexual abuse. Recognize it and what to do about it as well,” she said.
Wiggins said the main vision is to reach out to young female survivors between the ages of 4 and 17 who have been sexually violated and give them coping mechanisms and a positive self-image. The organization achieves this by providing motivational speakers and counseling referrals.
“Our primary goal is to increase or regain positive morale in the community to educate the community on ways to prevent child sexual abuse in order to spread it pretty much on an ongoing basis. So we will be more aware of how to recognize child sexual abuse and stop it and just let young girls know that you are not a victim, you are a survivor,” she said. .
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