Youth serving organizations have an obligation to protect kids

Statistically, most child sexual abuse occurs in a residence - generally the victim or perpetrator's. With that in mind, you might be wondering why we at D2L spend so much time working with organizations to help institute policies and train staff to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. There are several very good reasons we say that youth serving organizations have an obligation to protect children.
    1. Serial perpetrators look for easy access to kids. Organizations without protective policies offer unlimited opportunities for perpetrators to form relationships, test boundaries, and engage in other grooming behaviors
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Who can we count on to protect our children?

According to the Boston Herald.

A troubled teen told DCF workers he played a game in which six toddlers at a Worcester-area home day care touched him inappropriately, but child welfare officials didn’t share that information with all the families, according to the grandmother of two of the boys.The teen — who had been sexually abused in foster care in the past — told investigators with the Department of Children and Families in 2012 he felt “urges” during the game, which he played with all six boys at the day care, and said he asked a

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How to respond to child sexual abuse disclosures, with celebrity examples

"I believe you." When a child discloses sexual abuse, this simple statement can make a world of difference in the recovery and healing process. False reports are extremely rare. It's been hard to miss the press on the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow child sexual abuse controversy. Since Farrow's open letter in the New York Times, people all over the world (including many well-known celebrities) have weighed in on the issue. This weekend, Scarlett Johansson added her voice: "I think [Woody Allen will] continue to know what he knows about the situation, and...
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Study shows adults need education on the issue of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article by Jon Hand for the Democrat & Chronicle here.

A major obstacle to preventing the sexual abuse of children is getting people to realize that it is a common problem. A local survey released this month shows that Rochester-area residents believe child sexual abuse is "more of a national problem than a significant issue in Rochester" and more of a problem in low-income communities. That's not true, said Mary Whittier, Bivona Child Advocacy Center executive director, who is preparing for her group's sixth annual Summit on Child Abuse next month. "Child sexual abuse does not...
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TODAY show interview with Dottie Sandusky was damaging and unnecessary

Yesterday, Dottie Sandusky appeared on the TODAY show along with filmmaker John Ziegler to share her perspective on her husband, Jerry Sandusky. Throughout the interview, Ms. Sandusky defended her husband's innocence, questioned evidence and facts surrounding the case, and accused victims of being motivated by financial gain. Since Jerry Sandusky's 2012 conviction, many people have speculated about what exactly Dottie knew. How could she so blindly support her husband in the face of so much evidence? The answer is this - we don't know what she knew, and we may never know. Bringing her...
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Candy Bates-Quinn: A true advocate for child sexual abuse prevention

Our hearts are heavy this week with news of the loss of Candice Bates-Quinn, a dedicated friend of Darkness to Light and its staff. Candy, a long-time administrator with the Charleston County School District, lost a valiant fight with cancer this week. She was truly one-of-a-kind: her passion for helping children in crisis knew no limits, and she was a dedicated advocate for D2L's Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program. Her boundless energy for prevention was inspiring. She never missed an opportunity to share her knowledge of the issue and promote the message...
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D2L chosen as Top 5 Nominee for 5th Annual CLASSY Awards!

Darkness to Light was recently chosen as a Top 5 Nominee for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards. Over 3,000 organizations were considered for this honor, and we are excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Child Rights category. According to the CLASSY Awards, "Child Rights programs protect a generation that hasn’t found its voice yet. They work to provide equal educational opportunities and end neglect, abuse, exploitation and deficient health care for children up to 18 years old." The finalist for each category will be announced on March 19. Of...
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Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary says he was a victim of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article from ESPN here.

A former assistant football coach and key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse crimes told his players during a November 2011 closed-door meeting that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy, sources told ESPN The Magazine. Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in a campus shower a decade earlier...
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A celebrity culture worthy of our children

This evening, millions of people around the world will watch the Oscars to celebrate the global gift of storytelling through film. Many of the films tackle tough, emotionally challenging topics -- often with sensitivity, care, and compassion. What we’re asking, on behalf of the millions of survivors of child sexual abuse in America, is simple: once the curtain goes down on the Oscars, let’s lift the silence on preventing child sexual abuse. In a saga that has captured recent headlines, Woody Allen’s alleged history of abuse towards his own adopted daughter has divided America -- and the film community -- over...
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Teachable Moments: Snapchat

TeenBoyAndGirlWithCellPhoneBy now, many of you have heard about the popular app, Snapchat. Used by roughly 26 million people in the U.S., Snapchat allows its users to communicate via temporary photo and video sharing. After the 10-second viewing time expires, the shared photo or video “self-destructs,” never to be seen again. Or does it? What You Need to Know In addition to viewers' ability to take a screenshot of the image, research shows that instead of being deleted, the photos are actually stored in a hidden file on the sender's...
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