Survivors Healing Center to host annual rhythm event

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Event part of Day of the Child, Earth Day celebration

WATSONVILLE — The Survivors Healing Center is hosting its annual Caring 4 Kids Rhythm Event on April 28 in the Watsonville Plaza. The event was created to help parents talk to their children about a topic that, while difficult to bring up, is nevertheless essential.

“We’re trying to protect children, and we’re trying to support parents to understand how to have a conversation with their children about sex,” Survivors healing Center Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Susan Wallace said. “And to be able to talk to their kids in a way that is age appropriate.”

The event is part of the Day of the Child and Earth Day celebrations at Watsonville Plaza. It will include a booth, where visitors can get free ice cream as well as information on ways to communicate with young people.

During the event, instructor Don Davidson will lead a group musical activity, in which participants can choose and play from hundreds of percussion instruments such as drums and maracas.

Parents will learn to recognize grooming behaviors, and ways in which to keep their children safe from sexual predators.

“We’re here to help,” Wallace said. “We want to stop this problem.”

Survivors Healing Center offers therapeutic groups for survivors of sexual abuse, as well as for the mothers, fathers and partners of survivors.

The event was created as a light-hearted way to deal with a heavy topic, said Kathy Riley, who described herself as a friend of Survivors Healing Center.

“One thing we found is that the reason parents don’t talk to their kids about these things is that they don’t know how to,” she said. “It is a difficult topic to bring up.”

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The Caring 4 Kids Rhythm Event is scheduled for April 28 in Watsonville Plaza. The Day of the Child Event runs from noon until 4 p.m.

The Survivors Healing Center will offer free ice cream and information from 1-3 p.m. The rhythm event will be from 3-3:45 p.m.

For information, visit fsa-cc.org/survivors-healing-center/events/ or email [email protected] Survivors Healing Center can be reached at 423-7601.

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