Mother Should Enforce Daughter’s Boundaries

Excerpt from "Dear Prudence" on Slate.com Recently, the following question was sent to Slate.com's "Dear Prudence," Emily Yoffe: Q. Daughter Doesn’t Want to Visit Grandfather: My father is in his 80s and lives in an assisted-living home. He has always had an excellent relationship with his grandkids, including my daughter, age 13. My daughter is an early bloomer and very sensitive about her new body. She also looks much older than she is. A few weeks ago, when we were visiting my father, a few other male residents asked her to “come and give them a kiss”...
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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 of anti-trafficking bills with wide backing from victim advocates and other experts, and the full...
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Who Is Responsible for Keeping Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse?

By: Jayneen Sanders Some advocates believe it is solely an adult’s responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse. While I totally agree that adults must:
  1. Educate the child in their care in Body Safety Education
  2. Become educated themselves in: grooming techniques used by perpetrators, statistics on child sexual abuse, the signs that a child is being sexually abused, what to do if a child disclose
  3. Believe a child when they disclose
  4. Educate the wider community in the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse
  5. Let friends, family and those who come in contact with their child know that their child is educated in Body Safety and to respect their
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Letter to the Editor: Learn More About Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from ydr.com You have probably heard something about the recent legislative changes regarding child abuse and child protection. For some of you, this may have raised some questions, including how will you recognize the signs of abuse and how will you respond when you suspect abuse. Darkness to Light is an organization that was founded with the goal of reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light has created a prevention training program called Stewards of Children. For those of you who have found yourself seeking more information in light of the recent legislative changes, this training...
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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 to protect their child from abuse," said Susan Scarborough, executive assistant at the Pocono Family...
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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 faint. Mary felt a little barfy. We pulled into a store parking lot, and Mary...
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Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Impact Acceleration Award Brings Darkness to Light and Anne Lewis Strategies Together

Excerpt from Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation News Release The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation today announced that Darkness to Light is the winner of the Foundation’s first Impact Acceleration Award, a new grant available to current participants in the Foundation’s Impact Grant program. As part of the Impact Grant program, nonprofits receive a two-year donation of Cornerstone Learning and a range of pro bono business consulting services offered by the Foundation, serving as a catalyst for growth of existing community education programs. With the award, Darkness to Light will work with Anne Lewis Strategies, a leading digital marketing services firm, to build and execute on a...
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Lyndon Haviland Appointed Interim CEO of Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light announced today that Lyndon Haviland has been appointed to serve as the organization’s interim CEO. Dr. Haviland is a member of D2L’s Board of Directors and is an experienced public health advocate with more than 25 years’ experience in managing both domestic and international public health initiatives. Dr. Haviland has advised the philanthropic endeavors of some of the world’s largest health organizations, including the United Nations Foundation, the UN Department of Public Information, The World AIDS Campaign, the GAVI Alliance, the International AIDS Society and the American Public Health Association. She...
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A Survivor Tells Her Story

Sometimes we are asked why we use the term survivor instead of victim. This is why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_QqjG1zOvs Words cannot express the admiration we have for survivors like Anna Lee Gruenwald, who are able to not only overcome, but to speak up about their abuse to help others. Thank you, Anna. 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...
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Jolie Logan Steps Down as Darkness to Light CEO

On behalf of the Board of Directors at Darkness to Light (D2L), I wanted to share with you some recent developments at the organization. Effective today, Ms. Jolie Logan has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). For the past eight years, Ms. Logan helped advance D2L’s important mission, and we are grateful for her service and her many contributions to the organization. She has been a staunch advocate for those we serve, and we wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors. The Board has already launched a national search for a permanent CEO. Our mission has never...
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