Jenna’s Story – Pure In Heart

The following is an excerpt from the new book, Pure In Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing Jenna’s Law, by Jenna Quinn. In the passage, Jenna talks about the painful realization when she and her mother first learned about the warning signs of child sexual abuse at the hospital where Jenna received her sexual assault nurse examination. Jenna’s book addresses how we can prevent and protect children from the devastating effects of child sexual abuse. Jenna’s book is now available on Amazon.  As …

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A Childhood Fractured – Allen and Derek’s Stories

Darkness to Light shares survivor stories in the hopes of highlighting the ways that survivors are healing from their abuse and helping others. Derek Hopkins and Allen Vandever are both Chicago area artists who interpret their worlds through their work. In the case of these friends and collaborators, that includes a shared history of child sexual abuse. The two have undertaken their project, “A Childhood Fractured,” with the hope of bringing attention to child sexual abuse. The project consists of a series of paintings by …

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Finding Beauty in the Broken – Clarissa’s Story

Darkness to Light shares survivor stories in the hopes of highlighting the ways that survivors are healing from their abuse and helping others. Clarissa Carpenter helps survivors of child sexual abuse through her work with The Younique Foundation, an organization that provides retreats for women where they learn skills that can help them find individual healing. She’s also a survivor of child sexual abuse herself, which gives her the valuable ability to empathize with the women she helps. During retreats, Clarissa leads art therapy groups using …

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World Childhood Foundation, Ericsson & Darkness to Light Launch “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit” Mobile App

First-of-its-Kind Mobile Phone Application Empowers Adults with Tools to Prevent, Recognize & Respond to Child Sexual Abuse NEW YORK, September 16, 2016 —The World Childhood Foundation, founded by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, and non-profit Darkness to Light, both leading organizations working to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children, together with the telecommunications leader Ericsson, today announces the launch of the “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit.” This tool is the first-of-its kind mobile application that will equip adults with the skills and resources necessary …

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Healing Through Art: Jenna Rose Simon’s Story

Jenna Rose Simon had been drawing for years before one of her pieces went viral on social media. Ever since, she has been sharing her gift with the world via her online platforms. Her art, which began as a way to find her voice as a survivor of abuse, subsequently gave a voice to other survivors. She recognizes that her art can be triggering, both for herself and viewers. Please be aware that some of her art accompanies this article and deals with the issue …

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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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Holiday Boundaries from Kidpower

Written by Erika Leonard, Kidpower California Program Director One of my favorite childhood holiday memories brings me back to the age of eight, being tickled by my uncle whom I rarely saw, a man who approached superhuman status in my mind. I would escape the tickles, regain my breath, and crawl back for more. I was overjoyed that he would sit on the floor, like a kid, and really BE with my brother and me. I loved every moment and am grateful for the memory. …

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Chaucie’s Place launches campaign to train teachers in Stewards of Children

Excerpt from Current In Fishers Are You All In? Chaucie’s Place has kicked off a child sexual abuse prevention initiative. Chaucie’s Place will train every Hamilton County school district in Stewards of Children®, a child sexual abuse prevention program specifically for adults. Stewards of Children is a a prevention program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to a disclosure or suspicion of abuse. “Just for a moment, think what that will mean to the children in our community…every single school district …

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Teachers taught to recognize signs of abuse

Excerpt from NPTelegraph.com It isn’t just at your job, but in your homes, during church and at the store that being aware of child sexual abuse and trafficking is important, Matt Fosket told teachers at Hershey Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. Fosket, one of the therapists at the Child and Family Therapy Institute of Nebraska, has told this to people many times over the course of six years as part of Stewards of Children, a national training program on recognizing and responding to children in need. …

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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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