The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA: Strengthening the community through child sexual abuse prevention

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA strengthens the community in Orange County, North Carolina through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Serving more than 10,000 men, women, and children, regardless of age, income, or background, the Chapel Hill Y strives to nurture children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to deliver lasting change. THE CHALLENGE As an organization committed to child protection, the Chapel Hill Y learned about Darkness to Light after completing a risk audit. Several YMCA staffers attended a series of D2L workshops and returned home energized and excited to …

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Bringing children from darkness to light

Original article by: Joseph Hamrick, The Commerce Journal Commerce, TX — One out of every 10 children in the United States are sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18, according to researchers from Darkness to Light. County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench said he wants that to end. Bench spoke before the Retired Teachers Club inside the Alumni Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce about his partnership with Darkness to Light, an organization that equips citizens with tools to spot and prevent child …

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Meet the Stewards of Children Experts: Joseph Laramie

Lieutenant Joseph Laramie (retired) is one of many experts featured in the new Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training program. As a certified police juvenile specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge to Stewards of Children. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of online crimes against children, technology safety, cyber bullying, human trafficking, and online and mental health protections for criminal justice professionals. In 2012, Joe founded Laramie …

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Meet the Stewards of Children Survivors: Dave Moody

The new Stewards of Children® features eight brave child sexual abuse survivors who, as adults, have chosen to share their personal stories to ensure other children are protected. We are proud to have them as part of the Stewards of Children family! David Moody, Jr., is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout the Atlanta area, Dave is known as a capable and successful commercial contractor. His award-winning contracting company, C.D. Moody Construction, is the second-largest minority-owned business of its …

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Dr. Marisa Azaret in Stewards of Children en Español!

D2L is proud to announce that Dr. Marisa Azaret will join the Stewards of Children cast as the Spanish version host. Dr. Azaret is chief psychologist of the behavioral psychology program at Miami Children’s Hospital, as well as a medical contributor for CNN en Español. A Hispanic media expert, she has received an EMMY award and nomination for her outstanding efforts on camera and as a producer. Filming for the Stewards of Children Spanish version began today, and we can’t wait to see the finished …

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Darkness to Light Honors Partners in Prevention

On Wednesday, representatives from 48 Charleston-area organizations attended a D2L-sponsored luncheon honoring them for their commitment to child sexual abuse prevention. As Partners in Prevention, these organizations make the commitment to provide Stewards of Children training to all employees and volunteers who interact with children, require comprehensive background checks for all new employees and volunteers, and implement protective policies that limit isolated, one-on-one situations. This year’s Distinguished Partner in Prevention distinction was awarded to The Citadel, which made the commitment to train not only staff …

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Child advocates urge safety for children this summer

Original article from the Delaware Cape Gazette may be viewed here. Attorney General Beau Biden has joined representatives from the Siegel JCC Delaware, YMCA of Delaware, Darkness to Light Foundation, and Prevent Child Abuse Delaware to discuss steps summer youth programs can take to help keep children safe from harm and announced progress in the Stewards of Children child abuse prevention program, a statewide public, private, non-profit partnership to train adults to recognize and respond to signs of child sexual abuse. Over the next few …

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Vickroy: Help the helpers stop child sexual abuse

Heather Randazzo, Program Coordinator for the Child Abuse Prevention Program, stands outside a therapy room at the Childhood Trauma Treatment Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Thursday, April 4, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media Here are some alarming numbers: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused during childhood. The average age of the victims: 9. “This is a social epidemic and a real tragedy,” said Heather Randazzo, program coordinator for the Childhood Trauma Treatment Program run by Advocate Health Care. …

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Child Advocacy Center holds official opening – Carroll County, Georgia

The Carroll County Child Advocacy Center has been in operation about two months now, but center leaders and local municipal officials on Thursday made the opening official. Board members and their children and grandchildren lined up near the center’s outdoor sign to cut the traditional ribbon, while camera shutters clicked and officials offered their praises. The center is located at 306 Bradley St., Carrollton, in the old mill building which also houses the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Center. “I thank each of you for your …

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R. A. Dickey: CSA survivor

On April 14, the CBS show 60 Minutes aired an interview between correspondent Lesley Stahl and R. A. Dickey, pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Dickey’s story in and of itself is quite interesting – a would-be star pitcher whose upper six-figure starting salary plummeted 90 percent after an x-ray revealed the absence of a key ligament in his right elbow. Following this, his disappointing performance in the majors sent him to the minors, where he excelled. Throughout his career, Dickey yo-yoed between the two, …

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