Why 1 in 10? A New Statistic For A New Era

1-in-10-for-blog The statistic that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday is one of the most staggering statistics we have regarding the impact of child sexual abuse. This statistic is different than the widely accepted "1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys." We are often asked, "Why are you using a different statistic?" Let's take a look at the answer to that and other frequently asked questions regarding 1 in 10. I read that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused....
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Personal Healing as a Public Project: Ignacio Rivera’s Story

As child sexual abuse survivors begin to stand up and speak out about their own experiences, they are filling the world with their perspectives. One of those survivors, Ignacio Rivera, hopes to not only share a personal experience with abuse, but amplify the voices of others. Through The HEAL Project, Rivera is giving survivors a platform and encouraging healing. The HEAL Project aims to prevent and end CSA by making visible the hidden tools used to guilt, shame, coerce and inflict violence onto children. The project's primary strategies are: building community, critical analysis, social media campaign, mobilization and...
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World Childhood Foundation, Ericsson & Darkness to Light Launch “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit” Mobile App

First-of-its-Kind Mobile Phone Application Empowers Adults with Tools to Prevent, Recognize & Respond to Child Sexual Abuse NEW YORK, September 16, 2016 —The World Childhood Foundation, founded by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, and non-profit Darkness to Light, both leading organizations working to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children, together with the telecommunications leader Ericsson, today announces the launch of the “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit.” This tool is the first-of-its kind mobile application that will equip adults with the skills and resources necessary to recognize, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. One year following the United Nation’s adoption of...
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Former U.S. Surgeon General and Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children Join Darkness To Light Board

Earlier this summer, Darkness to Light announced that their Board of Directors has welcomed two nationally recognized figures to the team, both whom have shown commitment to the public health and safety of children. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA and Patricia Dailey Lewis, Esq. were nominated and voted onto the Board for terms beginning July 1, 2016 – June 30 2019. The appointments demonstrate Darkness to Light’s commitment to public policy and health reform and a national strategy for educating all adults to protect children from child sexual abuse. "As Darkness to Light moves towards building a national alliance of child sexual...
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Facilitator Spotlight – CARE House

Here at Darkness to Light, we are constantly amazed by the tireless work and effort our facilitators and partners put forth in training their communities in Stewards of Children®. Everyday we hear training success stories and incredible feedback about the prevention efforts happening all around the country and the world! The CARE House in Dayton, Ohio is a great example of an initiative that has gone over and beyond in their commitment to ending child sexual abuse and we are not the only ones who have noticed! The Center for Healthy Communities (Boonshoft School of Medicine/Wright State University) recently presented the...
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Self-Efficacy: Allowing Children to Take Risks That Matter

Kid on Bike Photographer: Paul Sableman At Darkness to Light, we’re in the business of preparing adults to shelter children from sexual abuse. But daily we also remember and embrace that we exist under a much wider tent of child wellbeing, which takes so many forms:
  • Physical wellbeing - like nutrition and fitness
  • Social wellbeing - like community connectedness, social support, and especially family resilience
  • Economic wellbeing – like access to housing, material resources, and quality education
  • Quality of life – like having a safe place to play, and activities that create happiness and
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Dropped and Dismissed: Seeking Justice and Accountability For Child Sexual Abuse Victims

[caption id="attachment_6810" align="alignleft" width="640"]Tennessee Watson Tennessee Watson. Photo by Kate Patterson for IRW.[/caption] Reporting child sexual abuse can be a monumental hurdle for survivors, but what happens once it's reported? What happens when the victims come forward, but the justice system isn't prepared or willing to do what needs to be done to prosecute perpetrators? Recently, Tennessee Watson shared her story, a story that many child sexual abuse victims may know all too well. "People who are victims of this kind of abuse often hear a refrain: Come forward and name your abuser....
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The Demographic Both Party Platforms Missed: Child Sex Abuse Victims

Photo by DonkeyHotey via Flickr.com CC This piece first appeared here and is reprinted with permission.  The wild ride of this year’s presidential election has left many looking for landmarks that will guide their choice for the next president. One place to figure out who stands for what lies in the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms. So I decided to explore how each party deals with children. It would not have been irrational to assume that this would be the year when the epidemic of child sex abuse might find its way...
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Delaware Announces New Mandate for Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention in Schools

The state of Delaware continues to be a leader in child sexual abuse prevention. The state has joined more than 25 states that require prevention and awareness training for school officials, teachers and parents. The legislation, which was signed on August 10th by Gov. Jack Markell, requires Delaware public schools to implement a curriculum to educate employees and parents of children in pre-kindergarten through grade six about personal body safety and child sexual abuse. The new law also provides for parental notification of the curriculum and requires school districts to report annually on implementation. [caption id="attachment_6773" align="alignleft" width="640"]...
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The Relationship Between Pornography, Trafficking, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Two-Minutes-Header As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below. I’ve been working in the field of child sexual abuse recovery and prevention for about 28 years. For reasons I don’t entirely understand, the subject of child pornography and commercial sexual exploitation of children grinds my gears like no other dimension of the work. So it is particularly challenging for me to write this post. It...
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