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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YMCA aims to end child sexual abuse

Excerpt from NewsObserver.com article by Liz Weidle, communications specialist for YMCA of the Triangle The Cary mom had a nagging feeling that something was wrong with her child. He was moody and didn’t want to participate in activities that once brought him joy. The mother realized the changes might be caused by something more troubling than typical pre-teen behavior when she took the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training offered through her church. Her heart was pounding when she talked with her son about …

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James House partners with domestic violence taskforce to host Stewards of Children

Excerpt from Progress-Index.com The Prince George/Hopewell Domestic Violence Taskforce, in collaboration with James House, hosted a Stewards of Children training event on Sept. 24. The program, developed by the Darkness to Light organization, provides parents and other adults who care for or come into contact with children, with the tools to recognize and respond appropriately to suspected child sexual abuse. Flor Lopez, James House’s Children and Youth Education coordinator, facilitated the training, which highlighted the important choice every adult must make to proactively take steps …

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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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Help D2L Win $75,000 for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Each year, the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse invites employees from its 450 nationwide locations to nominate charities they passionately support for consideration in a contest to win a $75,000 donation from DSW. From the many worthy submissions, Darkness to Light is honored to be one of eight finalists. Now we need your help! Vote for D2L once per day from now until the end of the day on June 16. Can you imagine the prevention possibilities from $75,000? We could provide thousands of adults in …

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