An Excerpt from Matt Sandusky’s New Book “Undaunted”

This following is an excerpt from the new book “Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse” by Matt Sandusky. In the passage and accompanying video, Matt talks about the grooming process he experienced and how we can protect children from grooming behaviors. To purchase the book, visit www.amazon.com. Grooming reminds me of the story about the frog in hot water. If you put a frog in boiling hot water to stew him, he’ll do everything he can to get out. Yet …

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Give Survivors More Time to File Child Sexual Abuse Claims

This op-ed, authored by DeAnn Tilton and Utah House Representative Ken Ivory, originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on March 7, 2016.  For every legal action, lawmakers decide how long a victim has to take the offender to court. Historically, the state of Utah has given survivors of childhood sexual abuse just a few years to get to civil court to seek redress for the harm done to them by those who have abused them. While short time limits, also called statutes of limitation, …

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SPOTLIGHT on Child Sexual Abuse

Several of Darkness to Light’s staff members went to see the movie Spotlight on opening night in Charleston. The film covers the investigative reporting of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team in exposing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. We work at an organization committed to empowering adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and are immersed in the problem of sexual abuse. Yet despite our daily exposure to the issue, we left the theater without uttering a single word to each other. We walked dumbstruck to our cars, each lost …

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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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