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The Penn State Scandal -- Keeping Our Children Safe

"Regardless of how people want to judge Joe Paterno's legacy, let's learn the most important lesson this tragic and inexcusable situation can teach us-how to keep our children safe." -- Dr. Beth Robinson, creator of the Safe Touch Coloring Book and the God Made Me Coloring Book and Graduate Director of Behavioral Sciences at Lubbock Christian University.

Contact: Wanda Sanchez, 209-430-4688, Wanda@WLSCommunications.com

LUBBOCK, Texas, Jan. 26, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- "There are many important lessons to take away from what the world is learning about the horrific abuse suffered by the children who were victimized by Sandusky and by extension, the university," states Dr. Beth Robinson, a licensed professional counselor who maintains a private practice working with abused and traumatized children.

"While everyone debates the legacy of Joe Paterno, my focus is on educating people, especially parents and those in authority, about how we can better protect our children. Unless we learn the tough lessons offered up by the Penn State situation, we will continue to be woefully unprepared in dealing with the very real trauma a child suffers and the aftermath of trauma that child sexual abuse victims suffer long into adulthood if it is not properly dealt with."

Dr. Beth is a strong proponent of parents teaching their children sexual safety skills to equip them to recognize what is safe and what is not, and when and how to tell if they experience inappropriate sexual behavior from peers or adults. "Something as simple as reading and coloring in a book like God Made Me: The Safe Touch Coloring Book can help parents initiate sexual safety discussions. Parents also need to provide intrusive supervision and check who their children are interacting with at structured and unstructured activities."

Dr. Robinson emphasizes that there is a process in place in most states to report suspected abuse. "If you suspect abuse, call your states child protection agency. If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child, your first call should be to law enforcement.

"If Joe Paterno was the man that his supporters believe he was, I think he would want us to do whatever we had to do to learn how to keep our children safe," declares Dr. Robinson.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Beth Robinson, contact Wanda at 209.430.4688 or at Wanda@WLSCommunications.com.  

Visit www.DrBethRobinson.com for more information.