CHILDREN DESERVE PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL ABUSE

Lyndon Haviland, CEO Darkness to Light Erin Merryn, Erin’s Law BTS_3 The documentary “Breaking the Silence” is the beginning of a conversation – now it’s time to take action. Tonight, TLC in partnership with Darkness to Light and RAINN will air the premiere of “Breaking the Silence”, a documentary that takes a hard look at the problem of child sexual abuse.  We will learn from the stories of several courageous survivors that child sexual abuse is pervasive and that its effect on children is devastating and long lasting.  We learn that it is a complex problem that requires...
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First Line of Defense

By: Paula Sellars, M.S.W., Author/Director, Stewards of Children

Safe adults are the first line of defense against child sexual abuse (CSA). In fact, the adults in a child’s life are most responsible for whether sexual abuse occurs because adults are most capable of the judgment and skill that CSA prevention requires. Understanding how sexual predators groom children is actually quite nuanced. Reducing the opportunity for sexual abuse in organizations takes planning and knowledge. Talking to children about their body boundaries in an age appropriate, non-scary way is a skill. These skills don’t simply come with being an adult. A safe adult is...
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5% of Centre County Adults are Now Empowered to Protect Children

We at D2L congratulate Pennsylvania's Centre County community for reaching a tipping point in prevention! Tipping Point GraphicBy training five percent of the adult population in families, schools, and youth serving organizations like the YMCA with Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program, they are creating a new standard of safety. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a relatively small amount of people can effect change on a societal level. Darkness to Light encourages every community to educate five percent of its population to...
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Thank You Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mark Takano

Positive-PetitionThank you Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mark Takano for your commitment 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. The Act was first introduced 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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