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 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 Recently, the following question was sent to’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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Who Is Responsible for Keeping Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse?

By: Jayneen Sanders Some advocates believe it is solely an adult’s responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse. While I totally agree that adults must: Educate the child in their care in Body Safety Education Become educated themselves in: grooming techniques used by perpetrators, statistics on child sexual abuse, the signs that a child is being sexually abused, what to do if a child disclose Believe a child when they disclose Educate the wider community in the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse Let friends, family and those …

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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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