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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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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Who can we count on to protect our children?

According to the Boston Herald. A troubled teen told DCF workers he played a game in which six toddlers at a Worcester-area home day care touched him inappropriately, but child welfare officials didn’t share that information with all the families, according to the grandmother of two of the boys.The teen — who had been sexually abused in foster care in the past — told investigators with the Department of Children and Families in 2012 he felt “urges” during the game, which he played with all …

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How to respond to child sexual abuse disclosures, with celebrity examples

“I believe you.” When a child discloses sexual abuse, this simple statement can make a world of difference in the recovery and healing process. False reports are extremely rare. It’s been hard to miss the press on the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow child sexual abuse controversy. Since Farrow’s open letter in the New York Times, people all over the world (including many well-known celebrities) have weighed in on the issue. This weekend, Scarlett Johansson added her voice: “I think [Woody Allen will] continue to know what …

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Study shows adults need education on the issue of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article by Jon Hand for the Democrat & Chronicle here. A major obstacle to preventing the sexual abuse of children is getting people to realize that it is a common problem. A local survey released this month shows that Rochester-area residents believe child sexual abuse is “more of a national problem than a significant issue in Rochester” and more of a problem in low-income communities. That’s not true, said Mary Whittier, Bivona Child Advocacy Center executive director, who is preparing for her …

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TODAY show interview with Dottie Sandusky was damaging and unnecessary

Yesterday, Dottie Sandusky appeared on the TODAY show along with filmmaker John Ziegler to share her perspective on her husband, Jerry Sandusky. Throughout the interview, Ms. Sandusky defended her husband’s innocence, questioned evidence and facts surrounding the case, and accused victims of being motivated by financial gain. Since Jerry Sandusky’s 2012 conviction, many people have speculated about what exactly Dottie knew. How could she so blindly support her husband in the face of so much evidence? The answer is this – we don’t know what …

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D2L chosen as Top 5 Nominee for 5th Annual CLASSY Awards!

Darkness to Light was recently chosen as a Top 5 Nominee for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards. Over 3,000 organizations were considered for this honor, and we are excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Child Rights category. According to the CLASSY Awards, “Child Rights programs protect a generation that hasn’t found its voice yet. They work to provide equal educational opportunities and end neglect, abuse, exploitation and deficient health care for children up to 18 years old.” The finalist for each …

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Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary says he was a victim of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article from ESPN here. A former assistant football coach and key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse crimes told his players during a November 2011 closed-door meeting that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy, sources told ESPN The Magazine. Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in …

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Child sexual abuse prevention meets the bright lights of NYC’s Times Square

A 10-second public service announcement for Darkness to Light is now appearing on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square. The video, which will run hourly through the end of April, focuses on child sexual abuse education and prevention. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to reach 300,000 people a day with our message of preventing child sexual abuse,” said President and CEO Jolie Logan. “We hope this message will encourage people to talk about the issue. When the world makes sexual abuse prevention part …

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