April 2018 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Photography \/\/ Submitted The annual Friends of Chaucie\u2019s Place Breakfast will be held Friday, April 27, in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Chaucie\u2019s Place, located in Carmel, is holding its annual fundraising breakfast to raise awareness and the necessary funds to support the life-saving and life-altering prevention programs they offer communities throughout the state of Indiana. This includes Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children\u2122, Lifelines and Stewards of Children\u00ae. This year\u2019s keynote speaker will be Jenna Quinn. Quinn is a survivor of sexual abuse, author, TED speaker and the champion behind Jenna\u2019s Law, a law that passed unanimously in the Texas State Senate mandating K-12 training for students and school staff. It is the first child sexual abuse prevention law in the U.S. named after a survivor. Jenna\u2019s Law was expanded to incorporate child care centers, foster care centers, child placing agencies and universities. In 2017, Jenna\u2019s Law was recently amended to include sex trafficking prevention in schools. Since passing in 2009, Jenna\u2019s Law has been adopted in some form throughout over half the nation including Indiana. Quinn and her fellow advocates were instrumental in getting Senate Bill 355 passed in our state. In 2017, Governor Holcomb signed SB 355, requiring schools to provide education on child abuse and child sexual abuse to children in kindergarten through 12th grades. The bill\u00a0requires public, charter and accredited nonpublic schools to provide such education by December 15 of each year, starting in 2018. \u201cWhen Jenna\u2019s Law passed in 2009, it was the first of its kind in both magnitude and scope,\u201d Quinn said. \u201cIt passed unanimously, and I felt that was truly a miracle. We got off to a pretty good start with the legislation in Texas.\u201d Quinn acknowledges the hard work and diligence of Tammy Lampert, executive director of Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Coalition, and other advocates from within Indiana working with Quinn to successfully get a form of Jenna\u2019s Law, SB 355, passed in Indiana. She went on to explain that with the rise of kids and teenagers with smartphones and social media, the need for education in both primary and secondary grades is critical. \u201cSome people think that only the younger kids need it and not the older kids because they know whether or not something is right or wrong,\u201d she said. \u201cThe truth is they don\u2019t. There is so much \u2018gray\u2019 out there for them. Social media and smartphones have made it easier for perpetrators to find victims.\u201d Quinn described the legislative process as an emotional rollercoaster, saying there are several groups and associations related to education that have to be engaged and on board. \u201cWhen it is all said and done and when a governor signs off on a form of Jenna\u2019s Law, it\u2019s one of the most incredibly rewarding feelings that you can possibly have. What we are actually doing is preventing a crime. It is no different than the campaigns that advocate against texting or drinking while driving. When you look at the prevalence, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. And with all of the research pointing to prevention as the key, it becomes a no-brainer as to what we need to be doing to solve the problem.\u201d \u201cChaucie\u2019s Place is uniquely positioned to provide this training, and\u00a0Jenna will help inform the audience why this training is important for the protection of children in our communities,\u201d said Richard F. Taylor III, Chaucie\u2019s Place board president. \u201cWe are honored to have such a tireless advocate like Jenna Quinn speaking at the breakfast.\u201d For more information on Chaucie\u2019s Place and to register for the Friends of Chaucie\u2019s Place Breakfast, visit chauciesplace.org. For more information on Jenna Quinn, visit jennaquinn.org.