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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Teen honored for his work with Stewards of Children

New Jersey – Kyle Bennison, a student at Hopewell Valley Central High School, is not your average 17-year-old. In recognition for his volunteer work with D2L’s Stewards of Children training, Bennison has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The Hopewell Valley YMCA nominated Bennison for national honors in the fall for …

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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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Acting Attorney General of New Jersey Mandates Stewards Training

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that all Department of Law and Public Safety employees will receive mandatory Stewards of Children prevention training. This training announcement coincides with a statewide effort through the NJ YMCA State Alliance to offer free online training to all New Jerseyans. “As law enforcement and as parents, we owe it to our children to expose the perpetrators who commit these hideous crimes and bring them to justice,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “Law enforcement will continue to crack …

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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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YMCAs Launch Statewide Initiative to Keep Kids Safe

YMCAs throughout New Jersey, including the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, have joined forces with Darkness to Light to help educate adults in NJ on how to prevent child sexual abuse. Starting this week, New Jersey is launching an online training campaign, which allows anyone in the state of NJ to participate in a Stewards of Children training online for free. “As Social Responsibility is one of the Y’s key areas of focus, we are committed to developing community-based solutions that unite people to participate …

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New Jersey YMCA State Alliance Honors Darkness to Light

Last night at the annual New Jersey YMCA State Alliance Banquet, Darkness to Light was named this year’s Social Responsibility Champion! The NJ YMCA State Alliance has a goal of training 83,000 adults.  They will kick off their official online training initiative on October 23rd. The YMCA and New Jersey YMCA State Alliance continue to be incredible partners in the fight against child sexual abuse. Their commitment to protect children in YMCA programs, facilities and in the community  should serve as an inspiration to all …

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