“The enemy of each and every child is silence.”

On May 12, Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein delivered a powerful, moving message at the University of Pennsylvania. He calls upon each of us to no longer remain silent, to speak out against abuse, and to ensure the children in our lives and communities are protected.

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Big Ten schools use bowl revenues to support children

By Jessica Buterbaugh for Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the second consecutive year, Big Ten Conference officials have approved the equal distribution of what would have been Penn State’s share of football bowl game revenues to 2013-14 Big Ten member universities. The 12 schools, including Penn State, must distribute the funds to child-focused organizations in their local communities as they deem appropriate. Last year, Penn State worked with the Centre County United Way (CCUW) to determine where these funds were most needed. …

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“Grieve for that Child” – A community rallies against child sexual abuse

Source: Sean Kirst with Syracuse.com Administrators at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center called Jennifer Nadler a few days ago. They asked if she could be at their East Genesee Street headquarters at 10 this morning, when they announce a historic collaboration to confront the sexual abuse of children in our community. At McMahon/Ryan, they’d heard of Nadler, 36. She is a survivor who chooses to speak out. This month, she gave two community presentations based on the same ideals as a new “Darkness to Light” …

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A Millennial’s Take on CSA Prevention and Why It Matters

When you’re unpacking your belongings at college, it’s the crossroads of a lot of things. Adolescence and adulthood begin to blur together and you start to follow your own path. Part of this process in growing up, is taking ownership in yourself, your school, and your community. When you’re coming out of high school, sexual abuse of any nature can feel like a taboo topic that we aren’t quite old enough to acknowledge. But that’s the point. Once we become members of our community, we …

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A college student’s perspective on child sexual abuse prevention

By Linda Daniel. A few months ago, I interviewed at Darkness to Light for a social media internship. During that time, I was focused on finding an internship, and little did I know this organization would change my perspective on life. As I read about its dedication to raising awareness of child sexual abuse and how to prevent it, I became immersed in the mission. When I joined the D2L family, I was required to take the award-winning Stewards of Children training. From there, my …

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How should I react?

Do you know how to respond if you discover or suspect child sexual abuse is occurring?

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Child sexual abuse prevention meets the bright lights of NYC’s Times Square

A 10-second public service announcement for Darkness to Light is now appearing on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square. The video, which will run hourly through the end of April, focuses on child sexual abuse education and prevention. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to reach 300,000 people a day with our message of preventing child sexual abuse,” said President and CEO Jolie Logan. “We hope this message will encourage people to talk about the issue. When the world makes sexual abuse prevention part …

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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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Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA Partners in Prevention

Congratulations to the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA! With over 96% of their staff now trained in D2L’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program, they’ve achieved our Partner in Prevention designation. Thanks for all your efforts to protect children – you’re making a huge difference! Learn how your organization can become a Partner in Prevention by visiting www.D2L.org/Partner.

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Sandusky’s son makes first public appearance in support of Penn State film

Matt Sandusky, adopted son of convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky, recently attended the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Happy Valley.” This documentary sheds light on the infamous abuse scandal and its impact on the Penn State community. It was the younger Sandusky’s first public appearance since bravely coming forward to testify against his father in 2012. Over 90% of child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust. “My role in the film was to share the perspective of a survivor, to give survivors …

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