Does Obama Have the Back of Our Children Too?

Excerpted from The Huffington Post articleby Eli Verschleiser. President Barack Obama deserves credit for making the war against sexual assault on college campuses a top priority of his administration. In January, he created a task force of senior officials to coordinate federal enforcement efforts. And this month he created a government-run website,, which will provide resources for students, help for victims and help track enforcement efforts. “Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there that has ever been assaulted: you …

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Remembering Stewart Birbrower

Darkness to Light mourns the loss of Stewart Birbrower, well known as one of the finest minds in creative advertising, and a strong believer in the power of prevention education. Stew passed away on June 14 at the age of 78, and is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 55 years. In 2000-2001, Stew donated significant time and talent to write, produce, and direct the first Darkness to Light advertising commercials. These ads, “Faces” and “Swings,” went on to win gold and silver Telly Awards, …

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Immediate consequences of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem with the most serious array of consequences. As parents and youth serving professionals, it’s important to understand the signs of child sexual abuse. They’re not always readily apparent, but they’re often present. There are several emotional and behavioral issues children immediately face as a result of abuse:   Emotional and Mental Health Problems These are often the first indicators of child sexual abuse. Examples include behavioral problems, physical aggression, non-compliance, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. …

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Parenting in the age of technology

By Lt. Joe Laramie What scares you about your child’s online world? Is it online predators, cyberbullying, or maybe naked images being sent to or from friends? How do you manage all of these worrisome issues in your home? Our kids, especially teens, crave privacy but still need parents to balance supervision with their independence. Parenting is hard enough, and now we have to deal with all these high tech communication tools. Here’s a tip. When things seem overwhelming, break them down to their simplest …

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What’s Your ACE Score?

It seems like ever since the Internet began, people have been using it to share quizzes. From “What Color is Your Aura?” to “Who’s Your 80s Movie Boyfriend”, there is a quiz for just about everything. Well, we have one you may not have heard of – “What’s Your ACE Score?” Based on a study by Dr. Vincent Felitti, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study measures 10 types of traumatic childhood experiences. According to the ACES Too High website, “Five are personal — physical abuse, …

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What is the ACE Study?

Last week, we discussed Dr. Vincent Felitti’s discovery of the link between adult obesity and child sexual abuse. From Jane Ellen Stevens’s article: In 1990, Felitti presented his findings at a meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity in Atlanta. Its members told him he was naïve to believe his patients, and they loudly denigrated the study. However, Dr. David Williams, then a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was intrigued. “He told me that people could …

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Bivona Child Advocacy Center is changing lives in Rochester, NY

Bivona Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization located in Rochester, New York. Their mission is to coordinate and provide services to child victims of sexual or physical abuse and their families at a single welcoming facility. Bivona CAC is the only agency located in the Rochester area that provides these services, working with more than 1,500 children each year. In 2012, they collaborated with the YMCA of Greater Rochester and Darkness to Light to develop a county-wide initiative among Monroe schools and other …

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A college student’s perspective on child sexual abuse prevention

By Linda Daniel. A few months ago, I interviewed at Darkness to Light for a social media internship. During that time, I was focused on finding an internship, and little did I know this organization would change my perspective on life. As I read about its dedication to raising awareness of child sexual abuse and how to prevent it, I became immersed in the mission. When I joined the D2L family, I was required to take the award-winning Stewards of Children training. From there, my …

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The link between child sexual abuse and obesity

From “Toxic stress from childhood trauma causes obesity, too” by Jane Ellen Stevens The year was 1985. Dr. Vincent Felitti was mystified. The physician, then chief of Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, couldn’t understand why 55 percent of the 1,500 people who enrolled in his weight-loss clinic every year left before completing the program. He was especially confused after examining their medical records: Almost all of the dropouts had been losing, not gaining, weight. It didn’t make sense. Why were people who …

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How should I react?

Do you know how to respond if you discover or suspect child sexual abuse is occurring?

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