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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You can help stop child sexual abuse

Excerpt from Courier-Tribune.com Patti Marlowe used to think all child sexual predators looked like monsters. “I didn’t think I knew one,” she said, “much less that I was married to one for 10 years.” After Marlowe remarried, her 16-year-old daughter revealed a terrible secret: Marlowe’s ex-husband — the girl’s stepfather — had sexually abused her for years. The man used fear to keep the girl quiet. If she told her mother, he told her, her mother would kill him and go to jail, and the …

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Nearly 6,000 Adults Trained to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from StateCollege.com One in 10 children will suffer some form of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, according to Darkness to Light, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and educates on child sexual abuse. Using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training program, Centre County is fighting that statistic. By mid-August, 5,822 adults in Centre County ― or about 5 percent of the adult population ― went through the two-and-a-half-hour Stewards of Children preventative child sexual abuse training. Darkness to Light encourages …

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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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Officers become the pupils through “Stewards of Children” training

Excerpt from wjactv.com STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Centre County agencies that help children are on a mission to train 5,800 adults on how to prevent child sexual abuse. The program is called The Stewards of Children, and on Monday, dozens of police officers were the pupils. The NCAA gave Centre County agencies $500,000 for this program. It’s been around for about two years, and once all of the local officers are trained, they’ll be close to their goal. “Fifty-eight hundred is the tipping point,” said …

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“Do It For Me”

We dare you to watch this and not feel motivated to help the children in your lives. For more information on preventing child sexual abuse in your community, visit The 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM, or take D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children® prevention training.

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HAMILTON: Working to end child sex abuse

Excerpt from CentralJersey.com About one in 10 youths will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, meaning 400,000 children born in the United States this year will become victims unless something is done to stop it, according to statistics compiled by Darkness to Light. The Hamilton Area YMCA strongly believes that if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped and that through awareness and education, adults can protect children. Taking a proactive role to help keep kids safe from sexual abuse, the …

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Lieutenant brings Stewards of Children to Police Dept.

Article by Emily Meeks with High Point Enterprise Jokes exchanged between comrades as the sign-in sheet passed around the room. But that tone changed the moment the video began. Officers dressed in their uniforms equipped with weaponry belts silenced their radios and watched intently as victims of childhood sexual abuse told their stories. These officers are part of a training the High Point Police Department has incorporated into its curriculum. From an awareness program targeted at parents and community members, Darkness to Light has transformed …

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$10K grant fuels fight against sexual abuse of children

Excerpt from The Newport Daily News The Newport County YMCA in Rhode Island is providing training for its staff and members of the community. “The image of a bogeyman driving a white van with no windows can be a reality, but in many cases, it’s someone that you know and trust who is doing this.” – Sara Meirowitz, Newport County YMCA development director “Statistics show that in the United States, one out of every 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse by the …

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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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