Virtually Minimizing Opportunity for Abuse

When we talk about minimizing opportunity for child sexual abuse, many people think of eliminating physically isolated, one-on-one interactions. But it includes virtual interactions as well. Messaging To protect kids and reduce risk for abuse, communications between teachers, instructors, or coaches and their students should include parents. This includes emails, texts, and instant messages – even if it’s just a short message about a change in class or practice schedule, this is information parents should also have from both practical and prevention standpoints. Social Media …

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Coming to My Daughter’s Rescue

By Svava Brooks My amazing relationship with Darkness to Light began in 2003. By then, I had been on my healing journey for 10 years, dealing with the burden of pain and shame I carried from my sexually abused childhood. At this point in my healing, I realized prevention information is vital, and I wanted to do something about it. I knew if the adults in my family had been educated about how to respond to a suspicion of abuse, chances are I wouldn’t have …

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The Hallway of Healing

By Ellen Magnis It’s hard to believe that it is April again, the time when those of us who live in the world of child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment put out our rallying cries in a louder voice perhaps than at any other time of year. It is our soapbox time, our time to signal to our communities to wake up, to pay attention, to learn more, to become empowered with knowledge about our cause. The statistics and stories remain daunting in our world. Those of us who are part of …

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Talk About It! Adapt 4 Adolescence

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 3 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. Talking with kids about body safety doesn’t have to be difficult… just frame your conversations in …

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Talk About It! From Elementary to “Tween”

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 2 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. Talking with kids about body safety doesn’t have to be difficult… just frame your conversations in …

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Talk About It! Small Children = Small Lessons

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 1 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. As we adults begin thinking about child sexual abuse, we immediately think of the tragic realities …

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We’re Talking About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. Why Isn’t Everyone?

When Benjamin Franklin wrote that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he likely had no idea just how common the phrase would become. We read it in newspapers, journals, and blogs on an almost daily basis, promoting the idea that healthy lifestyles and communities rest on a foundation of prevention. Perhaps the central reason behind the phrase’s popularity is that it’s a simple truth. The National Prevention Strategy was released in 2011, with a goal to “increase the number of Americans …

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Baby role-play: A potentially abusive fetish flourishing on Instagram

Excerpt from The Washington Post. A group of Instagram users are creating strange fictional relationships using photos of other people’s children. Often the accounts are anonymous or private. They are filled with photos of babies and kids, presumably stolen from social media sites. These are mostly amateur shots — say, from a family’s trip to the beach or a baby toddling in the backyard — not professional photos. In comments, the fantasy comes to life. Users have conversations pretending to be the parent or the …

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5 Questions to Ask Childcare Providers

As a first-time mother, I’ve spent countless hours researching the safest car seat to use, when to introduce foods and what foods to introduce, how many dirty diapers are normal, developmental milestones…you name it, and I’ve probably looked into it in order to make the best possible parenting decisions for my baby boy. Without a doubt, one of the most stressful decisions was the search for a childcare provider. For new parents, this can be a daunting task. Staff qualifications, facility safety record, program components …

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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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