Forty-Nine Years Later

By: C. David Moody, Jr. Dave Moody EditedNo one ever knew that when I was 10 years old, my babysitter’s son sexually abused me. My mother suspected something wasn't right, but she didn’t know how to talk to me about it. Forty-nine years later, I still feel the effects: PTSD, panic attacks, low self-esteem. But since I shared my story, I’ve found that speaking out is helping me heal – and helping prevent the same thing from happening to another child. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize,...
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Reality Show Exposes the Reality of Child Sexual Abuse

The conversation on child sexual abuse needs to rise above the fray of individual scandals and focus on national prevention and accountability. From Josh Duggar to Dennis Hastert, we have seen a stream of high profile child sexual abuse cases in the news lately. At Darkness to Light, we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg – that child sexual abuse is occurring every day in communities across the nation. The majority of abuse cases go unreported, and without proper intervention and care, can cause lasting harm to children, families, communities, and to our nation. Following high profile incidents, we...
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What Would You Do?

A child is alone in the restroom and an adult tries to walk in. What would you do? This was a decision faced by a young recreation center employee. The facility had a policy prohibiting isolated, one-on-one situations and so the employee was holding the door for children to use the facility restroom one at a time. When the adult tried to walk in, the employee stood his ground and said, “I am sorry, but you can't use the restroom when children are in there.” This young man had been trained in Darkness...
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Beau Biden, Champion for Children

It was with heavy hearts that we at D2L received the news of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden's passing. In a society where we are just beginning to understand children's right to a healthy, protected childhood, Biden was a pioneer. In September of 2011, the Attorney General's office joined with state community leaders including the YMCA of Delaware, Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, and Christ Church of Greenville, unveiling a plan to train 35,000 adults statewide to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse using Darkness to Light's...
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We Keep Hearing About Josh Duggar. What About the Victims?

The news just broke that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the popular 19 Kids and Counting Duggar family, has acknowledged that as a teenager, he was investigated for molesting underage girls. Reports state that following Josh's confession to his father, over a year went by before the incident was reported to the police. In the meantime, the family sought counseling for Josh and for those "affected by his actions." This incident makes two things very clear - that child sexual abuse occurs more frequently than people realize, and that people do not...
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Virtually Minimizing Opportunity for Abuse

Together, but apartWhen we talk about minimizing opportunity for child sexual abuse, many people think of eliminating physically isolated, one-on-one interactions. But it includes virtual interactions as well. Messaging To protect kids and reduce risk for abuse, communications between teachers, instructors, or coaches and their students should include parents. This includes emails, texts, and instant messages - even if it's just a short message about a change in class or practice schedule, this is information parents should also have from both practical and prevention standpoints. Social Media In many cases, instructors and former...
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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 sexual abuse. “Thousands of children are in the care of...
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We all have responsibility in protecting children

Excerpt from Missoulian.com. By: BART KLIKA Kids Playing on PlaygroundI remember feeling helpless, but, man, I had been there before. Watching a 20-something father trying to convince his screaming and kicking daughter that it was time to leave the park reminded me of the countless times I have been faced with a similar dilemma. As a bystander, I wanted to help, but how? Should I go talk to the dad? Should I ignore the situation altogether – after all, shouldn’t I mind my own darn business? In the end, I smiled at...
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Surviving and Thriving: Sexual abuse survivor looks to spread awareness

Excerpt from The Daily Times. When Rhonda Stinnett first saw the news of a recent court case — wherein a Blount County man was sentenced to probation after the alleged physical and sexual abuse of three young children — she felt sick. Then she felt anger, and then, finally, resolve. Armed with that resolve, she feels moved to share her own experience, in hopes that other children will be spared from the pain she endured. “Something inside me just clicked,” says Stinnett. “I could not sit back any longer and not try to do something...
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Coming to My Daughter’s Rescue

By Svava Brooks My amazing relationship with Darkness to Light began in 2003. By then, I had been on my healing journey for 10 years, dealing with the burden of pain and shame I carried from my sexually abused childhood. At this point in my healing, I realized prevention information is vital, and I wanted to do something about it. I knew if the adults in my family had been educated about how to respond to a suspicion of abuse, chances are I wouldn’t have suffered for so long. I will always be grateful to Anne Lee, the founder of Darkness to...
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