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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A Strong Finish to Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Mary Elizabeth Huggins Child Abuse Prevention Month ended on a strong note in Louisiana. On April 30, the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice partnered with Child Advocacy Services to train 12 supervisors to become authorized facilitators of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program. These new facilitators are just the beginning — the Office of Juvenile Justice hopes to soon have their entire staff armed with the tools provided by the Stewards of Children training, enabling them to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child …

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Talk About It! Small Children = Small Lessons

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 1 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. As we adults begin thinking about child sexual abuse, we immediately think of the tragic realities …

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In hope of helping others, delegate reveals abuse as child

Excerpt from baltimoresun.com Delegate C.T. Wilson stepped to the podium of a state Senate committee during a routine hearing, about to confess a secret. He took a deep breath. “I don’t really, really want to be here,” he said. Wearing a gray suit, years removed from his daily nightmare, Wilson told the senators that as a child, his adoptive father repeatedly beat and then raped him. “I can’t describe to you the pain of being beaten, sodomized and molested for years,” he said. Between ages …

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The NFL Confronts Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Recently, the National Football League provided to the public a moving presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault that was given to all 32 clubs. Using the voices and experience of coaches and players, the NFL addresses the seriousness of these issues, their long-reaching consequences, and the need to actively work to create safer communities for women and children. You’ll see many of D2L’s philosophies echoed throughout the presentation – talking about it, bystander intervention, and the importance of prevention, to name a few. We …

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Steps Against Juvenile Sex Trafficking

Excerpt from NYTIMES.com The impression that America’s sex-trafficking problem mostly involves young people smuggled from overseas has given way to broad recognition of a cruel homegrown reality: the tens of thousands of juveniles who are exploited each year by traffickers in this country. On Capitol Hill, a consensus is emerging on new initiatives to confront this human-rights problem and help its victims, often runaways or homeless youngsters who have been forced or coerced into prostitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week unanimously approved a pair …

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Pocono Family YMCA offers program to spot signs of child sex abuse

Excerpt from poconorecord.com Child abuse does not necessarily involve violence or anger. Abuse often involves adults using their power over children as objects for their own gratification. Parents take their children for regular pediatrician visits, make sure they receive all their immunizations and eat nutritious food — all in order to protect their child. “But if parents are not educated on how to identify the signs of sexual abuse in children or what steps to take to be proactive and prevent it, they are unable …

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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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Wesley’s Story

There comes a point in the life of a child sexual abuse victim when they are presented with a choice – to remain a victim or to cross over and become a survivor. One of the most important choices I made four years ago is to be a survivor, not a victim, and I have never looked back. As a child, my youth pastor was a family friend and colleague of my father. My parents trusted him to be our babysitter and take us on …

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Q&A With “Happy Valley” Director Amir Bar-Lev

Excerpt from sportsillustrated.com If you go into “Happy Valley,” the new documentary by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, looking for a takedown of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, you’re not going to find it. Nor will you find a bashing of the Penn State administration, Penn State students or Penn State fans. The film rehashes the crimes of longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky but does not solely dwell on them. Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) offers a clinical examination of hot-button themes — a football-first mindset, …

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