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

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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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Child abuse prevention program kicks off – High Point, North Carolina

Dana Bentley, left, and Kimberly Cousineau place their name badge on a board to show their support and commitment of becoming a Stewards of Children for the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. LAURA GREENE | HPE (13/0926) HIGH POINT — North Carolina Nonprofit leaders gathered in the fellowship hall of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church to be made aware of a silent epidemic in Guilford County. Child sexual abuse is the most expensive victim crime in the U.S., except for murder. Darkness …

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Patti Marlowe speaks about living a parent’s worst nightmare: Finding out her daughter had been sexually abused

JAMESTOWN, NC — Outside of a restaurant on a cold afternoon in December 2005, Patti Patti Marlowe learned a secret her daughter had kept from her, from everyone, for 10 years. The family — Marlowe’s new husband, stepchildren and her 16-year-old daughter — was at a restaurant after church. Marlowe’s daughter was urgent. “Mom, I have to tell you something.” They went to the bathroom to be alone. It wasn’t private enough. They went outside. What Marlowe’s daughter told her changed her forever. “My knees just …

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New Jersey YMCA Facilitators Come Together

On September 12, 2013, 45 New Jersey facilitators from YMCAs came together for the first statewide facilitator conference. During the conference the facilitators shared with each other successes and lessons learned. The group also discussed a roll out plan for a large online training initiative that will start in October. Working with community partners such as Prevent Child Abuse NJ and the Attorney General’s office, NJ is continuing to lead the way in child protection and prevention.

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