A Survivor Tells Her Story

Sometimes we are asked why we use the term survivor instead of victim. This is why. Words cannot express the admiration we have for survivors like Anna Lee Gruenwald, who are able to not only overcome, but to speak up about their abuse to help others. Thank you, Anna. For more information on preventing child sexual abuse in your community, visit The 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM, or take D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children® prevention training.

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Wesley’s Story

There comes a point in the life of a child sexual abuse victim when they are presented with a choice – to remain a victim or to cross over and become a survivor. One of the most important choices I made four years ago is to be a survivor, not a victim, and I have never looked back. As a child, my youth pastor was a family friend and colleague of my father. My parents trusted him to be our babysitter and take us on …

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The Georgia Initiative: We don’t do this alone

Darkness to Light exists only because organizations and individuals around the nation take responsibility for preventing child sexual abuse in their own communities. It is an issue which affects each and every one of us — and when we all come together big things can happen. Georgia is a stellar example of this, and we are excited to share with you some of the amazing work that’s been happening there. The Georgia Initiative to prevent child sexual abuse is one of the oldest ongoing initiatives …

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‘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 …

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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. 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 theallianceofswmo.org. I 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 …

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