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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Focus on child sexual abuse needs to include mental health services for survivors

Excerpt from article by Clare Allan for The Guardian There is a sense of national outrage at the seemingly endless stream of revelations concerning the sexual abuse of children by people in the public eye. While such outrage is understandable, I can’t help being struck by the simultaneous lack of concern about the cuts to the services and support many survivors of sexual abuse depend on. Around half of people using mental health services report histories of sexual and/or physical abuse and there is masses …

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My Conversation with Matt Sandusky

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Sandusky about his Peaceful Hearts Foundation, and his efforts to use his story to help others. To him, his story is just “one of millions,” but to the rest of the world, he is one in a million. Along with many others across the nation, I watched Matt’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, and was impressed by his courage and grace. Like D2L, he believes that prevention is the key to significantly decreasing the prevalence of …

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Uncovering Sexual Bullying: Learn the Facts

Blog by Joanne Johnson In recent years, government organizations, nonprofits, celebrities, and others have caught the media’s attention with their work to end bullying. As technology progresses, bullying continues to be a significant threat for today’s youth. Anti-bullying campaigns are becoming as common as those against smoking, drinking, and drugs. As the public continues to learn more and speak out against bullying, we want to shed light on a specific type of this harassment: sexual bullying. WHAT IT IS: Sexual bullying occurs anytime a child …

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Google it

Having trouble understanding the prevalence of child sexual abuse? Just Google it. By now, you’ve probably heard the statistic that one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. For many, seeing this number and actually understanding it are two different things. We hear statistics every day, and at some point we forget that these numbers represent actual children. You may think: Yes, this number is too high. Yes, someone needs to do something about it. I’m glad my children are …

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