Jewish Watchdog Group Challenges Child Sexual Abuse Taboo

Excerpt from One thousand Orthodox Jews crowded into a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY hall Monday evening for a noble purpose: to raise awareness of, and educate themselves about, child sexual abuse - an issue all too often avoided as taboo within some circles. The highly charged event served as an opportunity to show support to victims of abuse, to educate the public about the dangers of abuse and to present the relaunch of Jewish Community Watch (JCW), a watchdog group monitoring abuse in the global Jewish community. Survivors (JCW makes a point of...
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Learn the Signs of Sexual Abuse – A School Counselors Story

Story by Nancy Corley, director of family and child well-being at The Alliance of SWMO and Darkness to Light authorized facilitator. Excerpt from TeensI was a school counselor in a small, K through 12, private school in another state. Mostly my work days were filled with scheduling issues, arranging standardized test taking, assigning advanced placement rosters, talking with ambitious parents about college prep for their children, and the occasional recalcitrant child with an attitude problem. One day the school nurse asked me if I would talk to...
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Preventing child sexual abuse can also reduce college assaults, rapes

Excerpt from College campuses are among of the most dangerous places in America for women. According to the 2014 White House Council on Women and Girls, one out of five college women are sexually assaulted and nearly one out of 10 college men are rapists. Studies indicate that 33 percent of rapists committed their first offense as juveniles and that one in five girls are raped while in high school. Only half of these attacks are ever reported. The issue begins at an even earlier age. In fact, 50 percent of women who are victims of rape were also sexually abused...
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Prevention begins with a willingness to talk

Excerpt from SCARS Logo“People don’t want to think about sexual abuse, or think it can’t happen to their child, but we can’t stop something we don’t talk about,” said Saving Children and Revealing Secrets (SCARS) founder Debi Ray-Rivers. “Doing nothing is a choice.” Mrs Ray-Rivers, a survivor of sexual abuse, is extremely passionate about protecting children. Also the executive director of the charity, which launched in 2011, she said SCARS’ mission was to shed light on this “dark subject through awareness, one adult at a time”. “Prevention is key and SCARS champions...
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HAMILTON: Working to end child sex abuse

Excerpt from About one in 10 youths will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, meaning 400,000 children born in the United States this year will become victims unless something is done to stop it, according to statistics compiled by Darkness to Light. The Hamilton Area YMCA strongly believes that if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped and that through awareness and education, adults can protect children. Taking a proactive role to help keep kids safe from sexual abuse, the YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to provide free Stewards...
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Working together, we can protect children from sexual abuse

By David Repinski Darkness to Light has but one singular focus - to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Over the past 14 years, our programs have helped raise awareness of its prevalence, elevate visibility of its consequences, and provide education to adults on the steps they can take to recognize it and react responsibly. l An estimated 74 million children in this country desperately need the support of the community of concerned citizens who can protect them and keep them safe from those who seek to inflict unspeakable harm. The...
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College of Charleston students learn to prevent child sexual abuse

On Tuesday afternoon, D2L headquarters welcomed College of Charleston (CofC) students involved with the Charleston, South Carolina-based Communities In Schools (CIS). This organization provides a "nationally-acclaimed dropout prevention program that surrounds [high school] students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life." CIS requires volunteers to take Stewards of Children training when coming on board. Stewards of Children takes a practical approach to prevention training, and is delivered in a conversational, real-world style -- a method students can appreciate. Participants learn the...
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A breach of trust: Sex with students

Excerpt from Dianna Sheely was shocked last year when she heard a teacher at Colerain High, the same district where her children go to school, was arrested for having sexual contact with a student. Sheely felt let down. The head of the Northwest High booster club wondered how it could happen and what administrators at the Northwest Local School District – which includes Colerain and Northwest high schools – would do about it. Then it happened again, this time at Northwest High where her children attend. And then again. Three times in the same school district, all within a year. "It...
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Adults should learn the signs of child sexual abuse

Excerpt from What’s being done to teach children to avoid sexual abuse, you ask? “Preventing child sexual abuse is a job for adults,” responds Debbie Rich, the chief executive officer of the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona. Period. She’s emphatic: Our job, not the children’s. And that’s why the Girl Scouts is partnering with the YMCA of Southern Arizona to offer a two-hour online class that any adult can take to learn how to prevent sexual abuse of children, how to identify it if it’s happening and how to respond responsibly. “This is different because this is for...
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Awareness must lead to prevention

Blog by Joanne Johnson

Often, child sexual abuse is only discussed by the media after something goes horribly wrong. All one has to do is Google it to read about the most recent child sexual abuse horror stories.

Awareness is a significant part of ending child sexual abuse, but for it to be effective, we must take action. It's important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented.

Our conversations about abuse don’t have to revolve around the "aftermath" of a particular case.  It is crucial for victims

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