Punishing the victims: Sexually exploited kids in the U.S.

Excerpt from trust.org On March 16, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States held an extraordinary hearing. It was an examination of the United States government’s treatment of American girls and boys who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The petitioners, led by Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Human Rights and Malika Saada Saar from Rights4Girls, told the Commission about the practice in dozens of states of police arresting underage kids on charges of prostitution. Instead of being …

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The NFL Confronts Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Recently, the National Football League provided to the public a moving presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault that was given to all 32 clubs. Using the voices and experience of coaches and players, the NFL addresses the seriousness of these issues, their long-reaching consequences, and the need to actively work to create safer communities for women and children. You’ll see many of D2L’s philosophies echoed throughout the presentation – talking about it, bystander intervention, and the importance of prevention, to name a few. We …

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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Excerpt from clevelandclinic.org Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says. The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma. The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on the brain is an increase in a protein called S100B. S100B is a protein usually found in the brain. But when the protein makes its …

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Workshop Helps Illustrate Abuse Symptoms

Excerpt from dailyitem.com MIFFLINBURG — Sexually abused children don’t show many physical signs, said a Valley physician who works with these young victims. They have less-than-obvious psychological symptoms that easily can be written off to something else. Helping adults see these signs is the goal of “Stewards of Children,” a free, two-hour interactive training session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 404 Market St. in Mifflinburg. Parents, guardians, any adult who works with or volunteers with children are encouraged to attend …

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Taking On Child Sex Abuse In a Difficult Climate

Excerpt from “Letter to the Editor” on desmoinesregister.com State Sen. Janet Petersen deserves credit for taking on the issue of child sexual abuse in a difficult political climate, but the opposition she’s encountering shows how little this crime is understood even by lawmakers and others who should know better. This is especially true concerning the retroactive “window” provision for civil actions, which Petersen had to remove to make the SF107 bill more palatable to her colleagues and to lobbyists from the Iowa Catholic Conference and …

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Steps Against Juvenile Sex Trafficking

Excerpt from NYTIMES.com The impression that America’s sex-trafficking problem mostly involves young people smuggled from overseas has given way to broad recognition of a cruel homegrown reality: the tens of thousands of juveniles who are exploited each year by traffickers in this country. On Capitol Hill, a consensus is emerging on new initiatives to confront this human-rights problem and help its victims, often runaways or homeless youngsters who have been forced or coerced into prostitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week unanimously approved a pair …

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Letter to the Editor: Learn More About Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from ydr.com You have probably heard something about the recent legislative changes regarding child abuse and child protection. For some of you, this may have raised some questions, including how will you recognize the signs of abuse and how will you respond when you suspect abuse. Darkness to Light is an organization that was founded with the goal of reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light has created a prevention training program called Stewards of Children. For those of you who …

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Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Impact Acceleration Award Brings Darkness to Light and Anne Lewis Strategies Together

Excerpt from Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation News Release The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation today announced that Darkness to Light is the winner of the Foundation’s first Impact Acceleration Award, a new grant available to current participants in the Foundation’s Impact Grant program. As part of the Impact Grant program, nonprofits receive a two-year donation of Cornerstone Learning and a range of pro bono business consulting services offered by the Foundation, serving as a catalyst for growth of existing community education programs. With the award, Darkness to Light will work with Anne Lewis Strategies, a leading digital …

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Lyndon Haviland Appointed Interim CEO of Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light announced today that Lyndon Haviland has been appointed to serve as the organization’s interim CEO. Dr. Haviland is a member of D2L’s Board of Directors and is an experienced public health advocate with more than 25 years’ experience in managing both domestic and international public health initiatives. Dr. Haviland has advised the philanthropic endeavors of some of the world’s largest health organizations, including the United Nations Foundation, the UN Department of Public Information, The World AIDS Campaign, the GAVI Alliance, the International …

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Jolie Logan Steps Down as Darkness to Light CEO

On behalf of the Board of Directors at Darkness to Light (D2L), I wanted to share with you some recent developments at the organization. Effective today, Ms. Jolie Logan has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). For the past eight years, Ms. Logan helped advance D2L’s important mission, and we are grateful for her service and her many contributions to the organization. She has been a staunch advocate for those we serve, and we wish her the very best in all of her future …

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