Judge: Girl can’t be blamed for her assault

Excerpt from HeraldNet.com ARLINGTON, WA — A lawyer for a private Christian school and one of its teachers won’t be allowed to argue in court that a 14-year-old and her parents bear some responsibility for an inappropriate relationship between the girl and the school’s former principal. Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz earlier this week promptly rejected Highland Christian Schools’ attempt to assert an affirmative defense at trial. Kurtz said the law is clear that a child under 16 is incapable of consent and …

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Wesley’s Story

There comes a point in the life of a child sexual abuse victim when they are presented with a choice – to remain a victim or to cross over and become a survivor. One of the most important choices I made four years ago is to be a survivor, not a victim, and I have never looked back. As a child, my youth pastor was a family friend and colleague of my father. My parents trusted him to be our babysitter and take us on …

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30 Years of Child Sexual Abuse: One Important Lesson

Yesterday, former BBC DJ Chris Denning was given a prison sentence of 13 years for three decades of child sexual sexual abuse. Denning was convicted on 40 counts of sexual abuse against 24 boys, aged nine to 16. This horrifying example reminds us that child sexual abuse crosses all geographic and socioeconomic boundaries. The court proceedings also show the pattern of abuse – how it happens and why prevention is so important.   “The defendant used the allure first of the record industry and celebrity, …

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Darkness to Light’s Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for families and a time to make cherished memories. Here are a few of D2L’s favorite tips to make sure your favorite superheroes, Disney princesses, and zombies are better protected this Halloween. 1. Never accept candy from a stranger. 2. Attend a community event held by your school, faith institution, or community center. 3. If older children are trick-or-treating alone, plan an safe route and means of communication. 4. Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult. Only …

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College of Charleston Kappa Delta’s have raised over $170,000 for D2L

As a Kappa Delta, as well as an intern for Darkness to Light, it has been extremely eye opening to merge two of my biggest passions. One of the reasons I was drawn to Kappa Delta Sorority was because of their connection to fighting childhood sexual abuse. Through Kappa Delta Sorority I have had the opportunity to support the cause of preventing childhood sexual abuse with Darkness to Light. Not only do we raise money for D2L, but our whole chapter has been trained in …

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Stephen Collins’ Revelation Exposes A Much Darker Story

Excerpt from refinery29.com In a recording revealed this morning by TMZ, 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins allegedly admitted to sexually abusing multiple children. The media ran with it, declaring shock and outrage at the actions of a man who most saw as a “wholesome” “good guy.” The accusations are, of course, shocking and outrageous. But, the reality is worse. Stephen Collins was unusual in that he admitted his offenses in specific detail. What’s not unusual is the silence of others. At least six other people …

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Working together, we can protect children from sexual abuse

By David Repinski Darkness to Light has but one singular focus – to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Over the past 14 years, our programs have helped raise awareness of its prevalence, elevate visibility of its consequences, and provide education to adults on the steps they can take to recognize it and react responsibly. An estimated 74 million children in this country desperately need the support of the community of concerned citizens who can protect them and keep them safe from those who …

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College of Charleston students learn to prevent child sexual abuse

On Tuesday afternoon, D2L headquarters welcomed College of Charleston (CofC) students involved with the Charleston, South Carolina-based Communities In Schools (CIS). This organization provides a “nationally-acclaimed dropout prevention program that surrounds [high school] students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” CIS requires volunteers to take Stewards of Children training when coming on board. Stewards of Children takes a practical approach to prevention training, and is delivered in a conversational, real-world style — a method students can appreciate. Participants learn …

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A breach of trust: Sex with students

Excerpt from Cincinnati.com Dianna Sheely was shocked last year when she heard a teacher at Colerain High, the same district where her children go to school, was arrested for having sexual contact with a student. Sheely felt let down. The head of the Northwest High booster club wondered how it could happen and what administrators at the Northwest Local School District – which includes Colerain and Northwest high schools – would do about it. Then it happened again, this time at Northwest High where her …

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Awareness must lead to prevention

Blog by Joanne Johnson Often, child sexual abuse is only discussed by the media after something goes horribly wrong. All one has to do is Google it to read about the most recent child sexual abuse horror stories. Awareness is a significant part of ending child sexual abuse, but for it to be effective, we must take action. It’s important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented. Our conversations about abuse don’t have to revolve around the “aftermath” of a particular case.  It is …

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