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ISP unveils free program to teach youth about cyber sex crimes

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Indiana State Police will start making more stops at local schools and youth organizations, all in an effort to prevent children from falling victim to sex crimes.

It is part of a new, free program called Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC. Three specially-trained ICAC youth educators will visit schools and organizations upon request and teach students, parents and educators about how children can fall victim to sexual predators.

The presentations will touch base on how to prevent online child sexual solicitation, extortion, child pornography, online bullying and even teach kids about terrorists who now solicit children through the internet.

ICAC educator Rachel Sitarz said the goal is to reach as many people in Indiana as possible.

“If we can hammer home that message about how important this is, how important it is to stay safe, the tips to stay safe,” Sitarz explained. “And if they’ll actually take something away from it, it’s a really good resource for anyone to utilize.”

The presentations are available for any school or organization throughout the state to utilize. All you have to do is email your request to