Beemer Case Highlights Need for Training Adults in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH CEO, Darkness to Light Lyme, CT A December 26 The Day article by Karen Florinstates that in 1998, 13-year-old Timothy Beemer and 14-year-old Christina Beemer disclosed to a counselor at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau that their father, Robert Beemer, had been sexually abusing them for years. The abuse extended to two younger siblings and a cousin, and in 2000, Beemer was sentenced to eight years in jail. Throughout the investigation and following his incarceration, Beemer continued to seek out and sexually …

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Training childcare professionals to reduce childhood sexual abuse

Published in PREVENTION ACTION on Jan. 4, 2016 Teachers, daycare workers, and clergy are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the reports of sexual abuse to child protective services in the US. But programs that prepare these professionals to recognize and prevent abuse are rare. A brief training program called Stewards of Children aims to fill the gap. Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) can have life-long negative effects on all those involved. Most CSA interventions have focused on parents and children – neglecting the unique place of …

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Jared Fogle and the Denial of Child Sexual Abuse

[Jared Fogle (C) is led from federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Susan Guyett] By Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH Yet another high profile child sexual abuse scandal is in the news.  Yesterday, former subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and sex charges. While Fogle had the book thrown at him, the nation is missing an opportunity to move from shock and dismay into action.  We do not need another high …

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Teachers taught to recognize signs of abuse

Excerpt from NPTelegraph.com It isn’t just at your job, but in your homes, during church and at the store that being aware of child sexual abuse and trafficking is important, Matt Fosket told teachers at Hershey Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. Fosket, one of the therapists at the Child and Family Therapy Institute of Nebraska, has told this to people many times over the course of six years as part of Stewards of Children, a national training program on recognizing and responding to children in need. …

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Jamie Tozzi Joins D2L Board of Directors

Charleston, S.C. – Oct. 27, 2015 – Darkness to Light (D2L), a leading organization in the fight to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, today announced the appointment of Jamie Tozzi of Charleston, SC to the organization’s Board of Directors. Tozzi has served in various leadership roles at Microsoft for the last 15 years, and is presently General Manager of the Microsoft Dynamics AX business in the United States, where she oversees a cross-functional team of technical, sales, marketing, and partner professionals. Prior to Microsoft, she …

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YMCA aims to end child sexual abuse

Excerpt from NewsObserver.com article by Liz Weidle, communications specialist for YMCA of the Triangle The Cary mom had a nagging feeling that something was wrong with her child. He was moody and didn’t want to participate in activities that once brought him joy. The mother realized the changes might be caused by something more troubling than typical pre-teen behavior when she took the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training offered through her church. Her heart was pounding when she talked with her son about …

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James House partners with domestic violence taskforce to host Stewards of Children

Excerpt from Progress-Index.com The Prince George/Hopewell Domestic Violence Taskforce, in collaboration with James House, hosted a Stewards of Children training event on Sept. 24. The program, developed by the Darkness to Light organization, provides parents and other adults who care for or come into contact with children, with the tools to recognize and respond appropriately to suspected child sexual abuse. Flor Lopez, James House’s Children and Youth Education coordinator, facilitated the training, which highlighted the important choice every adult must make to proactively take steps …

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You can help stop child sexual abuse

Excerpt from Courier-Tribune.com Patti Marlowe used to think all child sexual predators looked like monsters. “I didn’t think I knew one,” she said, “much less that I was married to one for 10 years.” After Marlowe remarried, her 16-year-old daughter revealed a terrible secret: Marlowe’s ex-husband — the girl’s stepfather — had sexually abused her for years. The man used fear to keep the girl quiet. If she told her mother, he told her, her mother would kill him and go to jail, and the …

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More than 3,000 Child Advocates

Excerpt from RoyalGazette.com More than 3,000 people have gone through training to help combat the difficult issue of child sexual abuse, according to Scars chairman Jon Brunson. Addressing the Hamilton Rotary Club yesterday afternoon, Mr Brunson said that since 2011, around 3,211 people have been certified through the charity’s Stewards of Children training programme, which is aimed at helping people spot, prevent and react responsibly to the issue of child sex abuse. Among those who have gone through the certification process were representatives from 42 …

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Nez Perce Tribal Members Trained to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from PublicNewsService.org One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Non-Indian men commit more than 80 percent of sex crimes on reservations. And 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abuser. Those statistics were part of the Nez Perce tribe’s recent Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence conference, where attendees learned about strategies for prevention. Nez Perce Indian child social worker Jeanette Pinkham says the lifelong consequences of being abused carry a steep price tag, and yet …

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