The agency offers year-round classes aimed at stopping child sex abuse in Washington County.

                             The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for parents interested in taking a free child-safety training.

Offered to neighborhood organizations, churches, foster parent training classes and other organizations throughout the year, the Sheriff's Office has been offering the two-hour long training classes to the community for nearly two decades, according to Sgt. Jef Boivin.

During the classes,? detectives from the Sheriff's Office's Child Abuse Unit share case studies and offer resources for child sex abuse victims. The course discusses the prevalence of sexual abuse involving children and covers some common characteristics of adult offenders and child victims.

The focus of the classes, Boivin said, is to prevent child sexual abuse, and give parents tips on how to respond if a child has been victimized.

Due to the subject matter and case studies discussed, the class is for adults only.

For more information, or to schedule the class for your community group, call 503-846-2500.

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