The state prosecutor and a supervisor in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit for the Broward State Attorney’s Office spoke on camera about ways to educate children about some delicate topics.
MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / July 14, 2021 / Stacey Honowitz shared an important message for all parents during her interview on the morning show, Inside South Florida, which focuses on how parents should educate their kids about sexual abuse and the importance of reporting and not keeping these abuses a secret. The interview segment, which appeared on Inside South Florida as broadcast on WSFL-TV/Channel 39, largely centers on Stacey’s expertise of how best to educate kids about criminal acts involving children. This interview was conducted by program host Jason Carter and runs approximately five minutes in length.
At the interview’s outset, upon being asked about her role in the Broward State Attorney’s Office, Stacey Honowitz goes into detail, explaining, ‘I prosecute child abuse and sex crimes cases in the county,’ adding, ‘what we do is we see victims of horrific abuses, and I’ve been there for a long time to try to educate, to try to help, and to prosecute those who have violated a child.’
After establishing Stacey as an authority, program host Jason Carter introduces the fact that she has written a few children’s books on the topics of child sexual abuse and bullying, proceeding to inquire what inspired her to put pen to paper. ‘I noticed in my time in the State Attorney’s Office that a lot of parents would come to me and say ‘I don’t know how to begin a conversation like this. It’s delicate, it’s difficult, but it’s necessary.’ So, I thought the easiest way to do it would be to provide them with some tools, and the tools that I gave them were books,’ says Stacey, adding, ‘It’s very easy for the parents because there’s a book involved, it’s in limerick form-kids, I think, tend to remember things that rhyme. Remember our nursery rhymes when we were little? And so, because this subject is kind of difficult and taboo, I thought the books would be a way to introduce kids, to gain this knowledge.’
At the interview’s conclusion, Stacey Honowitz is asked what message she most wishes to convey to parents while she has the attention of such a large audience. ‘I think what I would tell parents is don’t be nervous. That’s the biggest problem. Parents are kind of nervous about how to begin this discussion, but it’s everyday life that you’re dealing with. If you pick up the newspaper, if you turn on the TV, you always hear about bullying going on in schools, or sexual abuse, or physical abuse,’ she replies. ‘If you sit down and have a conversation-and not just one, it’s kind of an ongoing situation-you know, that ten minutes of feeling uncomfortable is going to be a lot better than maybe ending up in the State Attorney’s Office if your child is either a defendant, a perpetrator, or a victim.’
About Stacey Honowitz:
Stacey Honowitz is a thirty-three year veteran of the Broward State Attorney’s Office and a supervisor in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit. Her job is to investigate, indict, and prosecute cases involving child molestation, child and adult sexual battery, and all cases of physical abuse, child neglect, and child endangerment. An assiduous litigator, she has successfully prosecuted many high-profile cases in Southern Florida, including the case of Raymond Adams, the infamous gymnastics coach and repeat sex offender. Outside the courtroom, Stacey tours the country giving lectures to parents and teachers about how best to address the topic of sexual abuse with children.
In the past, Stacey has made appearances as a legal expert on television shows such as Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CBS News 48 Hours, Anderson Cooper 360, and served as ‘on-air’ legal analyst for Larry King Live for a period of seven years. Stacey Honowitz is also a published author, having penned articles for USA Today, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, People magazine, and the Miami Herald. She has been the subject of features in periodicals such as Ocean Drive, Jewish Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Glamour magazine. Stacey has also written two children’s books designed to facilitate frank discussions with young kids about abuse and sexual crimes, as well as another book dealing with childhood bullying currently pending publication.
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