An Excerpt from Matt Sandusky’s New Book “Undaunted”

This following is an excerpt from the new book “Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse” by Matt Sandusky. In the passage and accompanying video, Matt talks about the grooming process he experienced and how we can protect children from grooming behaviors. To purchase the book, visit www.amazon.com. Grooming reminds me of the story about the frog in hot water. If you put a frog in boiling hot water to stew him, he’ll do everything he can to get out. Yet …

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Texas Teachers are Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse

By Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, CEO Darkness to Light and Jenna Quinn, MS, Founder of Jenna’s Law Jenna Quinn is a hero, and her courage is changing the lives of children in Texas. Sexually abused by her basketball coach, a family friend, Jenna remembers all too well the fear and shame that kept her silent. From age 12 to age 14, Jenna suffered through progressive violation of her trust and physical boundaries, followed by two more years of sexual abuse. The once outgoing, popular teenager …

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Talking To Kids About Digital Safety: Public and Permanent

It’s easy to focus on the physical safety aspects of protecting children from child sexual abuse, but in doing so we shouldn’t lose sight of the increasing dangers in other areas, including the digital world. In a recent article about the world of online exploitation and cyber crime investigations, we’re reminded that perpetrators have a growing list of ways to encounter and contact children online. It’s our responsibility to monitor those channels and teach our kids about the possible dangers. “There are risks associated with how children are …

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Child Safety Should Come First

Excerpt from IowaStateDaily Thousands of people from around the nation are reported for suspected child abuse each year, and too many of these reports, approximately 40 percent, are overlooked without any investigation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) boast about protecting the majority of abused children, but what happens to all of the kids to whom they turn a blind eye and leave in the hands of a possible abuser? And more importantly, how is an oversight of this magnitude leaving …

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A Survivor’s Message

Dear Supporter, This year, Darkness to Light reached the milestone of one million people trained to protect children from sexual abuse. As one of 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States, this means a lot to me. And yet, I know that there is still a long road ahead. I know first-hand the devastation child sexual abuse can cause. Ninety percent of child sexual abuse is by someone known to the victim or family. In my case, it was my babysitter’s …

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The Legislative Horizon

By Stephanie March While there has been progress in the justice system regarding child abuse legislation, there is still a very long way to go. Victims and survivors of child abuse and human trafficking are often faced with barriers in obtaining justice. Not only is the process consuming and traumatic for the survivor but it is limited by time constraints. The statute of limitations in most states prevents many adult survivors from obtaining closure through the justice system. By the time the child grows up …

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One in a Million!

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TRAIN ONE MILLION ADULTS! Darkness to Light has now reached one million people around the world with Stewards of Children®. That means one million people are now aware, educated, and empowered to protect the children in their lives. GET A “ONE IN A MILLION” TEE For a limited time only, you can get your “I’m One In A Million” t-shirt or jersey from the D2L store. T-shirts are $20 apiece and proceeds will support D2L’s efforts to provide adults in …

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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. On Sunday, August 30th, 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 …

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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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