A future mother’s perspective on child sexual abuse prevention

When I began working at Darkness to Light, I had very little knowledge of child sexual abuse as an issue. My background is in marketing, communication, and event planning. The extent of my applicable child knowledge centered around the fact that July 4th event goodies must be hidden from kids until the exact time they are to be handed out, or there will be mutiny on the pool deck. Despite this, I’ve always cared very much about children’s issues, and so I was very excited …

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Teen honored for his work with Stewards of Children

New Jersey – Kyle Bennison, a student at Hopewell Valley Central High School, is not your average 17-year-old. In recognition for his volunteer work with D2L’s Stewards of Children training, Bennison has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The Hopewell Valley YMCA nominated Bennison for national honors in the fall for …

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Get involved!

April’s arrival brings with it the potential for many wonderful memories with the children you love. Winter melts away to the blossom of spring, the Easter bunny brings eggs and candy for kids to find and enjoy, and park days and outdoor adventures become regular weekend activities. April also marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What better time to take action and protect children, creating safer environments for them to develop happy memories free of the trauma of child sexual …

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Candy Bates-Quinn: A true advocate for child sexual abuse prevention

Our hearts are heavy this week with news of the loss of Candice Bates-Quinn, a dedicated friend of Darkness to Light and its staff. Candy, a long-time administrator with the Charleston County School District, lost a valiant fight with cancer this week. She was truly one-of-a-kind: her passion for helping children in crisis knew no limits, and she was a dedicated advocate for D2L’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program. Her boundless energy for prevention was inspiring. She never missed an opportunity to …

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A celebrity culture worthy of our children

This evening, millions of people around the world will watch the Oscars to celebrate the global gift of storytelling through film. Many of the films tackle tough, emotionally challenging topics — often with sensitivity, care, and compassion. What we’re asking, on behalf of the millions of survivors of child sexual abuse in America, is simple: once the curtain goes down on the Oscars, let’s lift the silence on preventing child sexual abuse. In a saga that has captured recent headlines, Woody Allen’s alleged history of …

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Teachable Moments: Snapchat

By now, many of you have heard about the popular app, Snapchat. Used by roughly 26 million people in the U.S., Snapchat allows its users to communicate via temporary photo and video sharing. After the 10-second viewing time expires, the shared photo or video “self-destructs,” never to be seen again. Or does it? What You Need to Know In addition to viewers’ ability to take a screenshot of the image, research shows that instead of being deleted, the photos are actually stored in a hidden …

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Acting Attorney General of New Jersey Mandates Stewards Training

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that all Department of Law and Public Safety employees will receive mandatory Stewards of Children prevention training. This training announcement coincides with a statewide effort through the NJ YMCA State Alliance to offer free online training to all New Jerseyans. “As law enforcement and as parents, we owe it to our children to expose the perpetrators who commit these hideous crimes and bring them to justice,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “Law enforcement will continue to crack …

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Modest is Hottest–
How to create a culture that devalues girls AND boys

By: Linda Daniel D2L’s Stewards of Children training is based on the principle of taking risks and standing up for children. Marion Mayer, a junior at Lakeland Senior High School, did exactly that when she took a stand against the way her principle introduced the school’s dress code as “Modest is hottest,” and “Boys will be boys.” This high school student brought national attention to the issue, shedding light on gender sexual inequalities that still pervade our culture. In a Facebook post, Mayer addressed the …

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Chefs Discuss Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (post 3 of 3)

Chefs from some of Charleston’s top restaurants discuss child sexual abuse prevention. Post 1 Post 2 Each chef featured in this video participated in the Darkness to Light Gala, lending their time, talents, and staff to help create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those in attendance. We wish them a heartfelt thank you for their support, and for their ongoing dedication to protecting children.

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Chefs Discuss Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (Post 2 of 3)

Chefs from some of Charleston’s top restaurants discuss child sexual abuse prevention. Chefs Discuss Prevention: Post 1 Each chef featured in this video participated in the Darkness to Light Gala, lending their time, talents, and staff to help create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those in attendance. We wish them a heartfelt thank you for their support, and for their ongoing dedication to protecting children.

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