A Survivor Becomes An Advocate – Sylvia’s Story

sylvia-email-header I don’t talk about my story much. I guess it’s easier to suppress the feelings or forget about what happened years ago. I remember being a child in Guatemala, my birth country. My parents were working on migrating the family to the U.S. My father left several months before us. We lived in a large home with multiple generations living together. I remember playing as a child with all of my cousins. No one knew it was the perfect environment for abuse to happen. I don’t remember my exact age, but...
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Believing that Prevention is Possible – Souraya’s Story

souraya-email-header As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I’m writing to you with a story of hope. Although I experienced the trauma of abuse as a child, I have seen the power to protect children when adults are trained in child sexual abuse prevention. My abuse first started when I was 5 years old by a cousin who often visited. I was afraid of her and so I would do what she told me to. Then, at 7 years old, my mother’s live-in boyfriend started sneaking into my room at night. For many...
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Finding Beauty in the Broken – Clarissa’s Story

Darkness to Light shares survivor stories in the hopes of highlighting the ways that survivors are healing from their abuse and helping others. Clarissa Carpenter helps survivors of child sexual abuse through her work with The Younique Foundation, an organization that provides retreats for women where they learn skills that can help them find individual healing. She's also a survivor of child sexual abuse herself, which gives her the valuable ability to empathize with the women she helps. During retreats, Clarissa leads art therapy groups using "kintsugi," a Japanese art form. Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery with a...
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National Health and Child Protection Advocates Join Darkness to Light Board of Directors

Darkness to Light is pleased to announce that two new members have been welcomed to their board of directors. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent hire of Katelyn Brewer as CEO. Anton Gunn and Gareth Hedges were nominated and voted onto the board for terms beginning in September 2016. The appointments demonstrate Darkness to Light’s commitment to child sexual abuse prevention policy and advocacy, and firmly establishes the organization as a national leader on the issue. "The addition of Anton Gunn and Gareth Hedges to our board of directors provides two unique perspectives on child sexual abuse prevention...
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Darkness to Light Welcomes Katelyn Brewer as New CEO

katelyn3Charleston, S.C. (November 9, 2016) — Darkness to Light Board Chair Jamie Tozzi today announced that Katelyn Brewer has joined the organization as CEO. Brewer brings invaluable experience including leadership roles in fundraising, operations, and the development of global initiatives. She has worked nationally and internationally in a variety of capacities, including partnerships with multinational corporations that result in sustainable change for local communities. Katelyn’s work has demonstrated that starting local allows an organization to expand its mission globally. Her leadership will help the organization further its work educating...
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Summoning Courage: Kandra Albury’s Story

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Kandra Albury found the courage within herself to speak out against the abuse and ultimately encourage children to do the same. Recently Darkness to Light had the opportunity to speak with Kandra and learn more about her “courageous” endeavors. D2L: Why did you get involved in child sexual abuse prevention? Kandra: I was sexually abused between the ages of five and seven by people close to my family. I was a mute as a child; I was afraid to speak and I suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome. As a result of my perpetrators stealing my...
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Why 1 in 10? A New Statistic For A New Era

1-in-10-for-blog The statistic that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday is one of the most staggering statistics we have regarding the impact of child sexual abuse. This statistic is different than the widely accepted "1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys." We are often asked, "Why are you using a different statistic?" Let's take a look at the answer to that and other frequently asked questions regarding 1 in 10. I read that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused....
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Personal Healing as a Public Project: Ignacio Rivera’s Story

As child sexual abuse survivors begin to stand up and speak out about their own experiences, they are filling the world with their perspectives. One of those survivors, Ignacio Rivera, hopes to not only share a personal experience with abuse, but amplify the voices of others. Through The HEAL Project, Rivera is giving survivors a platform and encouraging healing. The HEAL Project aims to prevent and end CSA by making visible the hidden tools used to guilt, shame, coerce and inflict violence onto children. The project's primary strategies are: building community, critical analysis, social media campaign, mobilization and...
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World Childhood Foundation, Ericsson & Darkness to Light Launch “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit” Mobile App

First-of-its-Kind Mobile Phone Application Empowers Adults with Tools to Prevent, Recognize & Respond to Child Sexual Abuse NEW YORK, September 16, 2016 —The World Childhood Foundation, founded by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, and non-profit Darkness to Light, both leading organizations working to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children, together with the telecommunications leader Ericsson, today announces the launch of the “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit.” This tool is the first-of-its kind mobile application that will equip adults with the skills and resources necessary to recognize, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. One year following the United Nation’s adoption of...
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Former U.S. Surgeon General and Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children Join Darkness To Light Board

Earlier this summer, Darkness to Light announced that their Board of Directors has welcomed two nationally recognized figures to the team, both whom have shown commitment to the public health and safety of children. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA and Patricia Dailey Lewis, Esq. were nominated and voted onto the Board for terms beginning July 1, 2016 – June 30 2019. The appointments demonstrate Darkness to Light’s commitment to public policy and health reform and a national strategy for educating all adults to protect children from child sexual abuse. "As Darkness to Light moves towards building a national alliance of child sexual...
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