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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Chefs Discuss Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (post 1 of 3)

Chefs from some of Charleston’s top restaurants discuss child sexual abuse prevention. Stay tuned for the second and third installations, which will be posted on Mondays this January.   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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The 5 Steps Holiday Edition

Five simple steps can help us protect our children throughout the holidays, and every day! THE 5 STEPS TO PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAYS Learn more about The 5 Steps and how they can help make a safer holiday for your kids. See STEP 1: LEARN THE FACTS See STEP 2: MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITY See STEP 3: TALK ABOUT IT See STEP 4: RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS See STEP 5: REACT RESPONSIBLY

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The 5 Steps Holiday Edition – Step Five: React Responsibly

It seems like every year, the holiday season begins a bit earlier. Black Friday has been moved to Wednesday. Social calendars are booked from November until January. For parents, children’s parties, plays, and recitals are also a big part of the season. Throughout the hustle and bustle, families can use The Five Steps to Protecting Our Children to make the holidays safer for their little loved ones. Because the biggest worry children should have this time of year is whether their Elf on the Shelf remembered to move …

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