Crook, Jefferson counties at child abuse prevention ‘tipping point’

Excerpt from KTVZ.com KIDS Center said Monday it has reached a tipping point in creating new standards of child safety by training 5 percent of the adult population in our families, schools, and youth-serving organizations with Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children®” child sexual abuse prevention program. They said this lays the foundation for a proactive, community-wide approach to prevention and builds momentum toward educating and empowering all adults to protect children from abuse. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a …

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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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How We Protect Children – Svava’s Story

By: Svava Brooks As a Darkness to Light instructor and program facilitator, I not only teach others about child sexual abuse prevention, I also practice what I teach. And I’ve had several opportunities. The most difficult for me was a situation at a family gathering where one of the older men acted inappropriately toward my 13-year-old daughter. As she stood to leave the room following a conversation with this man, he reached over and smacked her on the rear end. You may think this was …

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One in a Million!

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TRAIN ONE MILLION ADULTS! Darkness to Light has now reached one million people around the world with Stewards of Children®. That means one million people are now aware, educated, and empowered to protect the children in their lives. GET A “ONE IN A MILLION” TEE For a limited time only, you can get your “I’m One In A Million” t-shirt or jersey from the D2L store. T-shirts are $20 apiece and proceeds will support D2L’s efforts to provide adults in …

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Nez Perce Tribal Members Trained to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from PublicNewsService.org One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Non-Indian men commit more than 80 percent of sex crimes on reservations. And 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abuser. Those statistics were part of the Nez Perce tribe’s recent Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence conference, where attendees learned about strategies for prevention. Nez Perce Indian child social worker Jeanette Pinkham says the lifelong consequences of being abused carry a steep price tag, and yet …

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Nearly 6,000 Adults Trained to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from StateCollege.com One in 10 children will suffer some form of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, according to Darkness to Light, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and educates on child sexual abuse. Using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training program, Centre County is fighting that statistic. By mid-August, 5,822 adults in Centre County ― or about 5 percent of the adult population ― went through the two-and-a-half-hour Stewards of Children preventative child sexual abuse training. Darkness to Light encourages …

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5% of Centre County Adults are Now Empowered to Protect Children

We at D2L congratulate Pennsylvania’s Centre County community for reaching a tipping point in prevention! By training five percent of the adult population in families, schools, and youth serving organizations like the YMCA with Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program, they are creating a new standard of safety. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a relatively small amount of people can effect change on a societal level. Darkness to Light encourages every community to educate five …

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Supreme Court allows child abuse disclosure to teachers as evidence

By Sam Hananel for ABC News Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. The …

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The Power of Prevention Training for Legislators

New York legislator and staff take Stewards of Children   Recently, Child Advocacy Program (CAP) Executive Director and D2L Authorized Facilitator Jana McDermott provided Stewards of Children training to Congressman Tom Reed of the 23rd District, along with multiple staff from the district office, county executive’s office, and state assemblyman’s office. According to one attendee, “Training was very beneficial and would be great for ANY organization that deals with youth. I wish we had taken this training a few years ago when I worked for …

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He Wrote It Down

Excerpt from inotherwords.com My beautiful cousin, who I’d not seen in 35 years, and I set out to dance on our grandfather’s grave. Our first dilemma was, of course, song choice. You have to have the right song. We bandied a few song titles about, Alanis Morrisette was a front runner. Obviously. We drove to the town where he lived, and where he is buried. We drove to the town where we were abused. Driving down the picturesque New England roads, I felt a little …

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