Thank You Senator Feinstein and Representative Takano

Positive_PetitionThank You Senator Feinstein and Representative Takano for your committment to end child sexual abuse by sponsoring the Helping Schools Protect Our Children Act. We would like to offer support and thanks for your authorship and unwavering support of this bill. Background: The Helping Schools Protect Our Children Act, allows states and school districts to use federal grants to provide professional development to school personnel regarding how to recognize child sexual abuse. These personnel include: teachers, principals, specialized instructional support personnel, and paraprofessionals. It was first introduced in 2013, by Senator Feinstein and reintroduced by Representative Takano in...
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Educators who suspected child abuse say they were told to check with parents first

Excerpt from Omaha.com by Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau LINCOLN — A dispute sparked by a student arriving at school with a scratched face and dried, smelly feces on his hands and wrists wound up in court Monday. North Platte teacher Christie Copper and school guidance counselor Stephen Spiehs reported the late March incident to state authorities as suspected child abuse or neglect. On Monday, the two filed a complaint in Lincoln County District Court claiming that school administrators responded to the case by directing them to check with parents before making future reports. “The...
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What do sunscreen, bug spray, and prevention have in common?

One of the best safeguards against child sexual abuse is our relationships with our children. Holidays provide a great opportunity to strengthen those relationships, promote conversation, and of course, relax and have fun with family. So what do sunscreen, bug spray, and prevention have in common? Trick question - it's all prevention and all should be part of our basic holiday safety plan! Here are a few tips to help you create a safe and happy holiday for your family: SHARE THESE...
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Supreme Court allows child abuse disclosure to teachers as evidence

By Sam Hananel for ABC News GavelStatements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don't have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. The case involves Darius Clark, a Cleveland...
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Keeping Children Safe All Summer Long

Summer is often a favorite time of the year for everyone, especially for kids. Vacations, sports and faith based programs, camps, and more provide a variety of ways that children can enjoy their time before heading back to school. As parents and concerned adults, it's important we know how to keep the children in our lives safe as they participate in all the activities the summer has to offer. Choosing the right programs and ensuring there are policies in place to protect your child are two very important steps to planning a safe and happy summer. I hope this short video...
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The Power of Prevention Training for Legislators

New York legislator and staff take Stewards of Children

  Recently, Child Advocacy Program (CAP) Executive Director and D2L Authorized Facilitator Jana McDermott provided Stewards of Children training to Congressman Tom Reed of the 23rd District, along with multiple staff from the district office, county executive's office, and state assemblyman's office. According to one attendee, "Training was very beneficial and would be great for ANY organization that deals with youth. I wish we had taken this training a few years ago when I worked for a local town summer recreation program.” Response from the training was...
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Summer Programs and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Prevention can't take a summer break.

Recently, D2L had the privilege of meeting with educators, youth workers, and child advocacy center staff members in the Beaumont region of Texas. This area has a thriving child sexual abuse prevention initiative, and everyone we spoke with had a unique perspective on why prevention is important for parents and anyone who works with children. Julie Prudhome, one of the fantastic staff members of the Garth House, Mickey Mehaffy Children’s Advocacy Program, gave great advice on the particular need for camps and summer programs to put policies in place that protect children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxudYuE25Fw&feature=youtu.be&tr=y&auid=15688343 Join us on our blog...
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Jep Robertson’s Myth-Busting Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse

Jep Robertson, a featured cast member of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality show, has disclosed that at age six, he was sexually abused by an older youth. Talking about child sexual abuse is one of the bravest actions a survivor can take. Those who disclose abuse often face disbelief and...
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Crossing the Line: Child and Teen Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from WPSDLocal6.com. By: TODD FAULKNER Child and teen sexual abuse in the area is difficult to talk about for many people. Preventing it can be just as challenging, but it is important. Lauren Barks with the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center works to prevent abuse. "We're really trying to change the culture of not talking about it, to talking about it and talking about what we can do to improve things," Barks said. "And it really just leaves those adults empowered that they can make a difference and protect children in their lives." Barks helps churches and youth...
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Moving the conversation from scandal to prevention

In my time at D2L, it hasn't been the statistics or the headlines that startle me most.

Instead, it's the lack of national awareness of child sexual abuse as an issue that affects everyone and needs to be addressed. We believe children should have environments that protect and nurture, but we don't see that this issue is affecting children in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. I am guilty of this, as well. I've supported many worthy organizations over the years - animal rescues, cancer organizations, children's organizations, you name it. I've happily purchased enough shamrocks at checkout stations to fill...
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