‘Happy Valley’ – One Story Among Millions

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to participate in a special screening of ‘Happy Valley’, a documentary about the aftermath of the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Matt Sandusky, who was also abused by his adoptive father, is an inspiring central figure in the film. Mike Tollin, Co-Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media (MSM) and founding member of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Foundation (PACE), facilitated a Q&A after the film that Matt Sandusky and I participated in. The documentary originally premiered at the Sundance film festival this year. The film examines Joe Paterno’s role in the case...
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Q&A With “Happy Valley” Director Amir Bar-Lev

Excerpt from sportsillustrated.com If you go into “Happy Valley,” the new documentary by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, looking for a takedown of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, you’re not going to find it. Nor will you find a bashing of the Penn State administration, Penn State students or Penn State fans. The film rehashes the crimes of longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky but does not solely dwell on them. Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) offers a clinical examination of hot-button themes -- a football-first mindset, the deification of sports heroes, the culture of silence -- without injecting his own voice....
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Inspector: No sign of investigation in 1,111 New Orleans sex crime-related calls

Excerpt from CNN.com The report is full of harrowing details alleging that five New Orleans Police Department detectives in the special victims unit may have failed to investigate sex crimes over a three-year period. But one case stands out. According to the seven-page document released Wednesday by the city's Office of Inspector General, a 2-year-old was brought to a hospital emergency room after an alleged sexual assault. Tests would show the toddler had a sexually transmitted disease, the report said. The detective in the case, who worked in the child abuse unit, wrote in his report that the 2-year-old "did not disclose...
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Darkness to Light’s Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for families and a time to make cherished memories. Here are a few of D2L's favorite tips to make sure your favorite superheroes, Disney princesses, and zombies are better protected this Halloween. 10599271_789942011051769_1997596578473856804_n 1. Never accept candy from a stranger. 2. Attend a community event held by your school, faith institution, or community center. 3. If older children are trick-or-treating alone, plan an safe route and means of communication. 4. Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult. Only go to well-lit homes. 5. Remember to use reflective tape for...
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College of Charleston Kappa Delta’s have raised over $170,000 for D2L

As a Kappa Delta, as well as an intern for Darkness to Light, it has been extremely eye opening to merge two of my biggest passions. One of the reasons I was drawn to Kappa Delta Sorority was because of their connection to fighting childhood sexual abuse. Through Kappa Delta Sorority I have had the opportunity to support the cause of preventing childhood sexual abuse with Darkness to Light. Not only do we raise money for D2L, but our whole chapter has been trained in the Stewards of Children prevention program. Childhood sexual abuse is tragically prevalent and any chance I have...
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Darkness to Light training educates on the child sexual abuse ‘epidemic’

Excerpt from reporternewspapers.net Three years ago, my friend Lane Olives and I sat in the training room at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) for the first time. Lane had been a supporter of the center for several years, and convinced me and a few other moms to go to a “Darkness To Light” training session at the center. I was a bit anxious about the information I was about to learn – child sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic, and one that I never felt I needed to learn about. We have all heard stories in the news, but...
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Stephen Collins’ Revelation Exposes A Much Darker Story

Excerpt from refinery29.com In a recording revealed this morning by TMZ, 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins allegedly admitted to sexually abusing multiple children. The media ran with it, declaring shock and outrage at the actions of a man who most saw as a "wholesome" "good guy." The accusations are, of course, shocking and outrageous. But, the reality is worse. Stephen Collins was unusual in that he admitted his offenses in specific detail. What's not unusual is the silence of others. At least six other people knew about these instances of abuse for years — yet he remains uncharged. Based on the...
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Rising child sexual abuse toll in Jamaica reflects improved detection

Excerpt from latino.foxnews.com The notable increase in reports of child sexual abuse in Jamaica in recent years is due to an improvement in detection systems and the growing responsibility teachers feel to help student victims, an activist told Efe Thursday. Jolie Logan is the president of Darkness to Light, which offered this week in Kingston an educational workshop for teachers, parents, government officials and the general public, an event sponsored by the Women's Leadership Initiative of Jamaica. The number of reported cases of child sexual abuse soared from 121 in 2007 to 3,386 last year, according to statistics from the Office...
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Introducing: Darkness to Light’s Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience

Darkness to Light is proud to unveil, Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience. Survivor Stories features all 8 survivors from Stewards of Children, sharing their personal experiences. Each unique story provides a deeper look at how these survivors portrays the message of hope and resilience. Guerry Glover "Abuse happens..It can unravel and cause lots of damage, or you can stop it, interrupt it, and limit the collateral damage." Click here to watch Guerry's story. Margaret Hoelzer "The worst thing that sexual abuse does to people is it takes away your sense of value." Click here to watch Margaret's story.  Sylvia...
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Why is child sexual abuse awareness stuck in the 1950s?

Excerpt from chronicle.augusta.com Margaret Hoelzer is a two-time U.S. Olympic athlete in swimming, and a child sexual abuse survivor. I was in the audience as she spoke to a group of child advocates – professionals who, like our employees at Child Enrichment, work with child victims of abuse every day. Margaret informed us and motivated us in many ways that day, but one particular thing she said has really bothered me, and I can’t shake it, because I too cannot understand. She asked, “Why is child sexual abuse awareness stuck in the 1950s?” ...
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