Rebekah Goehler, MSW
Virginia State Director
Rebekah Goehler has a strong passion for serving and advocating for others. These beliefs were instilled in her at a very young age by her parents, and for this she is extremely thankful. Through formal education and training, as well as invaluable life lessons and experiences, Rebekah had a calling to go into social work and child advocacy.
Rebekah holds a Master's degree in social work, and has had a number of experiences serving others. At the YWCA domestic violence shelter, Rebekah provided individual and group counseling for battered women. She provided domestic violence group counseling in a women's prison in Chesterfield, VA. She also interned as a school social worker in Chesterfield County Public School in Virginia for one year and has most recently been working in Henrico County, Virginia for 11 years as a school social worker.
In 2006, Rebekah had the opportunity to hear Kenneth Wooden speak about Child Lures Prevention at Fort Lee Army Base. Feeling empowered by the message from the program, she began a two-year journey of educating representatives from the school district, local law enforcement, and school community, including parents and students about the Child Lures Prevention program.
In October 2008, her vision to incorporate Child Lures Prevention into Henrico County schools became a reality. Rebekah received financial support from the Varina Ruritan Club and the Mehfoud/Varina Elementary Parent Teacher Association. Since the implementation of the program in two pilot elementary schools in Henrico County in February 2009, Rebekah has expanded the program to Sandston Elementary for Fall 2009 and Moody Middle School for February, 2010. This school year 2014-2015 she introduced the Child Lures program to Trevvett Elementary in Henrico County.
"In addition to presenting this powerful information to my school system, I have also had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Child Lures Prevention Program at a conference held by the Virginia Department of Education. Here the message and the importance of the program were well received by members of not only the state department, but other counties and school districts across Virginia," states Mrs. Goehler.
Rebekah's passion for protecting children is evident as she explains, "As an individual whose loved ones have been directly impacted by abuse, I have become truly passionate about helping, empowering, and educating children, teens, and parents about the dangers of sex offenders. I think it is crucial for us to start teaching our children at a young age about the different lures they might encounter to better safeguard themselves from harm. When the opportunity to initiate the Child Lures Prevention Program in my community and schools presented itself in 2006 I set forth on a personal mission to send its' important message to any and all who would listen and I have not stopped since. I look forward to being your Virginia representative for keeping our children and teens safe."
Rebekah looks forward to working with you. You may contact Rebekah Goehler at:
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