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Sheriff department holds child sexual abuse prevention training session

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Keeping kids safe. That was the focus of a child sexual abuse prevention training session at the Corral Drive Elementary School Monday night.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office sponsored the meeting in the wake of public concern over sex offenders in the area.

The propose of the training was to teach parents how to recognize and respond to child sexual abuse, identify the role of parents, as well as how to respond to and report child abuse.

Forensic interviewer Hollie Strand said parents should talks to their children if they suspect something is wrong.

"I think part of that is having open conversation with kids. If anybody, even if it's someone the child loves, crosses their boundaries, it's important to tell their parents," Strand said.

The session also addressed how cases are typically reported. Dustin Morrison, Investigation Sergeant with the Pennington County Sheriff's Department said it takes a coordinated effort to report this type of crime.

"Parents should report it. If it's law enforcement, a school counselor, mental health counselor, or whoever gets the information, they should report it. We all have to work together and it's a coordinated effort amongst us in reporting those types of crimes," Morrison said.

Strand said 90% of children are abused by someone they know. She said if your child is approached by a stranger, they should find an adult they know right away.

The sheriff's department plans to hold more of these sessions. They will make an announcement once the dates are confirmed.

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