As N.C. Reforms Sexual Assault Laws, Local Child Abuse Prevention Expert and Author Dr. Amy Tiemann Offers Perspective

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As NC lawmakers pass a wide-ranging legislative package to close sexual assault loopholes and to require K-12 school personnel training on child sex abuse and sex trafficking, Triangle-based expert Dr. Amy Tiemann has already begun developing customized training for school teachers and personnel that meet the requirements of SB 199.

Dr. Tiemann is the co-author of the best-selling book Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels, which draws on her more than two decades of child safety advocacy and training. She’s also a Senior Program Leader with Kidpower North Carolina, which has a statewide network of instructors who have trained more than 25,000 people across North Carolina. Kidpower’s training is trauma-informed and has been backed up by research and real-world validation, and is supported by the global nonprofit Kidpower International.

Earlier this year, Dr. Tiemann led child safety training with statewide impact through the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to train the statewide NCDCR staff who run summer programs for kids. Dr. Tiemann taught these youth-serving leaders best practices to set their programs up for safety and success, protecting child safety and preventing abuse from happening within their communities. She and the Kidpower North Carolina team have provided extensive training to public school teachers, staff, and students, and presented at numerous child abuse prevention conferences across the state. Additionally, Dr. Tiemann frequently leads workshops with parents and children, empowering them with boundary setting, skill building, and personal defense tactics.

Dr. Tiemann says, “I applaud lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for coming together to unanimously approve SB 199. Closing archaic loopholes will help so many victims, and the focus on ‘educating the educators’ will prevent scores of others from ever becoming victims in the first place. The positive ripple effects from this bill will continue for decades to come.”

About Amy Tiemann

Dr. Amy Tiemann is the co-author of Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels. The book addresses what adults can do to prevent child sexual abuse in all aspects of their lives, from neighborhoods, to schools and all youth-serving organizations. Amy’s PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford also informs her work. A nationally renowned expert, Amy has appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Early Show, ABC News Now, and NPR to name a few.


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