CHILDREN DESERVE PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL ABUSE

Lyndon Haviland, CEO Darkness to Light Erin Merryn, Erin’s Law 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 …

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Thank You Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mark Takano

Thank 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 …

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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 …

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Moving the conversation from scandal to prevention

In my time at D2L, it hasn’t been the statistics or the headlines that startle me most. Instead, it’s the lack of national awareness of child sexual abuse as an issue that affects everyone and needs to be addressed. We believe children should have environments that protect and nurture, but we don’t see that this issue is affecting children in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. I am guilty of this, as well. I’ve supported many worthy organizations over the years – animal rescues, cancer organizations, …

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Help D2L Win $75,000 for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Each year, the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse invites employees from its 450 nationwide locations to nominate charities they passionately support for consideration in a contest to win a $75,000 donation from DSW. From the many worthy submissions, Darkness to Light is honored to be one of eight finalists. Now we need your help! Vote for D2L once per day from now until the end of the day on June 16. Can you imagine the prevention possibilities from $75,000? We could provide thousands of adults in …

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Forty-Nine Years Later

By: C. David Moody, Jr. No one ever knew that when I was 10 years old, my babysitter’s son sexually abused me. My mother suspected something wasn’t right, but she didn’t know how to talk to me about it. Forty-nine years later, I still feel the effects: PTSD, panic attacks, low self-esteem. But since I shared my story, I’ve found that speaking out is helping me heal – and helping prevent the same thing from happening to another child. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® training …

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Reality Show Exposes the Reality of Child Sexual Abuse

The conversation on child sexual abuse needs to rise above the fray of individual scandals and focus on national prevention and accountability. From Josh Duggar to Dennis Hastert, we have seen a stream of high profile child sexual abuse cases in the news lately. At Darkness to Light, we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg – that child sexual abuse is occurring every day in communities across the nation. The majority of abuse cases go unreported, and without proper intervention and care, …

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We all have responsibility in protecting children

Excerpt from Missoulian.com. By: BART KLIKA I remember feeling helpless, but, man, I had been there before. Watching a 20-something father trying to convince his screaming and kicking daughter that it was time to leave the park reminded me of the countless times I have been faced with a similar dilemma. As a bystander, I wanted to help, but how? Should I go talk to the dad? Should I ignore the situation altogether – after all, shouldn’t I mind my own darn business? In the …

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Surviving and Thriving: Sexual abuse survivor looks to spread awareness

Excerpt from The Daily Times. When Rhonda Stinnett first saw the news of a recent court case — wherein a Blount County man was sentenced to probation after the alleged physical and sexual abuse of three young children — she felt sick. Then she felt anger, and then, finally, resolve. Armed with that resolve, she feels moved to share her own experience, in hopes that other children will be spared from the pain she endured. “Something inside me just clicked,” says Stinnett. “I could not …

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Mother Should Enforce Daughter’s Boundaries

Excerpt from “Dear Prudence” on Slate.com Recently, the following question was sent to Slate.com’s “Dear Prudence,” Emily Yoffe: Q. Daughter Doesn’t Want to Visit Grandfather: My father is in his 80s and lives in an assisted-living home. He has always had an excellent relationship with his grandkids, including my daughter, age 13. My daughter is an early bloomer and very sensitive about her new body. She also looks much older than she is. A few weeks ago, when we were visiting my father, a few …

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