Introducing: Darkness to Light’s Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience

Darkness to Light is proud to unveil, Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience. Survivor Stories features all 8 survivors from Stewards of Children, sharing their personal experiences. Each unique story provides a deeper look at how these survivors portrays the message of hope and resilience. Guerry Glover "Abuse happens..It can unravel and cause lots of damage, or you can stop it, interrupt it, and limit the collateral damage." Click here to watch Guerry's story. Margaret Hoelzer "The worst thing that sexual abuse does to people is it takes away your sense of value." Click here to watch Margaret's story.  Sylvia...
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Why is child sexual abuse awareness stuck in the 1950s?

Excerpt from chronicle.augusta.com Margaret Hoelzer is a two-time U.S. Olympic athlete in swimming, and a child sexual abuse survivor. I was in the audience as she spoke to a group of child advocates – professionals who, like our employees at Child Enrichment, work with child victims of abuse every day. Margaret informed us and motivated us in many ways that day, but one particular thing she said has really bothered me, and I can’t shake it, because I too cannot understand. She asked, “Why is child sexual abuse awareness stuck in the 1950s?” ...
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Powerful Photos of Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

Excerpt from time.com Lorena Ros, a Spain-based photojournalist, has been documenting abuse of power in various countries around the world. Her first book, Unspoken, a testimony in pictures and words of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, brings her home to a widespread human tragedy that has rarely been photographed. In the car, on our way to the train-station, my aunt asked me if I had mentioned anything to my mother about the ‘incident…’ I was shocked. It was something that had remained unspoken for years and I had blocked it out of my mind. My uncle and my aunt...
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Jewish Watchdog Group Challenges Child Sexual Abuse Taboo

Excerpt from israelnationalnews.com One thousand Orthodox Jews crowded into a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY hall Monday evening for a noble purpose: to raise awareness of, and educate themselves about, child sexual abuse - an issue all too often avoided as taboo within some circles. The highly charged event served as an opportunity to show support to victims of abuse, to educate the public about the dangers of abuse and to present the relaunch of Jewish Community Watch (JCW), a watchdog group monitoring abuse in the global Jewish community. Survivors (JCW makes a point of...
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Learn the Signs of Sexual Abuse – A School Counselors Story

Story by Nancy Corley, director of family and child well-being at The Alliance of SWMO and Darkness to Light authorized facilitator. Excerpt from theallianceofswmo.org. TeensI was a school counselor in a small, K through 12, private school in another state. Mostly my work days were filled with scheduling issues, arranging standardized test taking, assigning advanced placement rosters, talking with ambitious parents about college prep for their children, and the occasional recalcitrant child with an attitude problem. One day the school nurse asked me if I would talk to...
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Preventing child sexual abuse can also reduce college assaults, rapes

Excerpt from Bellinghamherald.com College campuses are among of the most dangerous places in America for women. According to the 2014 White House Council on Women and Girls, one out of five college women are sexually assaulted and nearly one out of 10 college men are rapists. Studies indicate that 33 percent of rapists committed their first offense as juveniles and that one in five girls are raped while in high school. Only half of these attacks are ever reported. The issue begins at an even earlier age. In fact, 50 percent of women who are victims of rape were also sexually abused...
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Prevention begins with a willingness to talk

Excerpt from RoyalGazette.com SCARS Logo“People don’t want to think about sexual abuse, or think it can’t happen to their child, but we can’t stop something we don’t talk about,” said Saving Children and Revealing Secrets (SCARS) founder Debi Ray-Rivers. “Doing nothing is a choice.” Mrs Ray-Rivers, a survivor of sexual abuse, is extremely passionate about protecting children. Also the executive director of the charity, which launched in 2011, she said SCARS’ mission was to shed light on this “dark subject through awareness, one adult at a time”. “Prevention is key and SCARS champions...
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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 YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to provide free Stewards...
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Working together, we can protect children from sexual abuse

By David Repinski Darkness to Light has but one singular focus - to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Over the past 14 years, our programs have helped raise awareness of its prevalence, elevate visibility of its consequences, and provide education to adults on the steps they can take to recognize it and react responsibly. l An estimated 74 million children in this country desperately need the support of the community of concerned citizens who can protect them and keep them safe from those who seek to inflict unspeakable harm. The...
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College of Charleston students learn to prevent child sexual abuse

On Tuesday afternoon, D2L headquarters welcomed College of Charleston (CofC) students involved with the Charleston, South Carolina-based Communities In Schools (CIS). This organization provides a "nationally-acclaimed dropout prevention program that surrounds [high school] students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life." CIS requires volunteers to take Stewards of Children training when coming on board. Stewards of Children takes a practical approach to prevention training, and is delivered in a conversational, real-world style -- a method students can appreciate. Participants learn the...
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