Supreme Court allows child abuse disclosure to teachers as evidence

By Sam Hananel for ABC News Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. The …

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Keeping Children Safe All Summer Long

Summer is often a favorite time of the year for everyone, especially for kids. Vacations, sports and faith based programs, camps, and more provide a variety of ways that children can enjoy their time before heading back to school. As parents and concerned adults, it’s important we know how to keep the children in our lives safe as they participate in all the activities the summer has to offer. Choosing the right programs and ensuring there are policies in place to protect your child are …

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The Power of Prevention Training for Legislators

New York legislator and staff take Stewards of Children   Recently, Child Advocacy Program (CAP) Executive Director and D2L Authorized Facilitator Jana McDermott provided Stewards of Children training to Congressman Tom Reed of the 23rd District, along with multiple staff from the district office, county executive’s office, and state assemblyman’s office. According to one attendee, “Training was very beneficial and would be great for ANY organization that deals with youth. I wish we had taken this training a few years ago when I worked for …

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Summer Programs and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Prevention can’t take a summer break. Recently, D2L had the privilege of meeting with educators, youth workers, and child advocacy center staff members in the Beaumont region of Texas. This area has a thriving child sexual abuse prevention initiative, and everyone we spoke with had a unique perspective on why prevention is important for parents and anyone who works with children. Julie Prudhome, one of the fantastic staff members of the Garth House, Mickey Mehaffy Children’s Advocacy Program, gave great advice on the particular need …

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Jep Robertson’s Myth-Busting Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse

Jep Robertson, a featured cast member of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality show, has disclosed that at age six, he was sexually abused by an older youth. Talking about child sexual abuse is one of the bravest actions a survivor can take. Those who disclose abuse often face disbelief and even victim shaming from those who do not understand the issue, or how difficult it is for survivors to share their experiences. We have seen that with Robertson, as well. When less than 40 percent of …

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Crossing the Line: Child and Teen Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from WPSDLocal6.com. By: TODD FAULKNER Child and teen sexual abuse in the area is difficult to talk about for many people. Preventing it can be just as challenging, but it is important. Lauren Barks with the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center works to prevent abuse. “We’re really trying to change the culture of not talking about it, to talking about it and talking about what we can do to improve things,” Barks said. “And it really just leaves those adults empowered …

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Moving the conversation from scandal to prevention

In my time at D2L, it hasn’t been the statistics or the headlines that startle me most. Instead, it’s the lack of national awareness of child sexual abuse as an issue that affects everyone and needs to be addressed. We believe children should have environments that protect and nurture, but we don’t see that this issue is affecting children in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. I am guilty of this, as well. I’ve supported many worthy organizations over the years – animal rescues, cancer organizations, …

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Portrait of a Perpetrator

What does a person who sexually abuses children look like? We hear all the time, “I could tell if he was a child molester.” The reality is that you can’t. Most child molesters aren’t creepy men in vans. They aren’t hardened criminals. They aren’t from one race, gender, or sexual orientation. Those who sexually abuse children look and act just like everyone else. The chances are that you have met an offender and never even realized it. They often seek out “safe” neighborhoods, churches, schools, …

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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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