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Prosecutor's office to hold child abuse prevention forum

IL Staff
April 9, 2012
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The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a child abuse prevention forum from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at Ivy Tech Community College, Illinois Fall Creek Center Building, Community Room, 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway North Drive, Indianapolis.

The forum aims to educate parents, teachers, coaches, law enforcement officers and youth service providers about strategies to recognize and prevent child abuse.

During the forum, attendees will learn more about how child abusers capitalize on the trust of families, professionals, and the public to find victims, abuse them and ultimately avoid accountability. A medical professional will address the “red flags” of child abuse, the long-term impact of abuse, prevention strategies, and how the medical community can offer assistance. In addition to presentations by MCPO deputy prosecutors, the mother of a victim will give a first-hand account of her journey from discovering the abuse to the incarceration of the offender.

“Every citizen has a responsibility to protect the children in our community, and we want to be sure those who care for our children have the tools they need to safeguard our vulnerable children,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. “I strongly encourage all adults to become educated and engaged in protecting our children from such abuse, as it has a lasting and profound impact on their lives.”

Curry will provide opening remarks at 10 a.m. The forum is free, and all adults are welcome. All attendees will receive a certificate for completion of the two-hour training. Seating is limited, so people who wish to attend must reserve a space by contacting Annie Kern at 317-327-3642 or Annie.Kern@indy.gov.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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