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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Officers become the pupils through “Stewards of Children” training

Excerpt from wjactv.com STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Centre County agencies that help children are on a mission to train 5,800 adults on how to prevent child sexual abuse. The program is called The Stewards of Children, and on Monday, dozens of police officers were the pupils. The NCAA gave Centre County agencies $500,000 for this program. It’s been around for about two years, and once all of the local officers are trained, they’ll be close to their goal. “Fifty-eight hundred is the tipping point,” said Centre County YMCA Outreach Director Jamie Sanfilippo. “We believe every child in Centre County will be...
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“Do It For Me”

We dare you to watch this and not feel motivated to help the children in your lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_IZDOFjQAQ 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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When Kids Are Sold For Sex — They’re Not “Child Prostitutes,” They’re Victims

Excerpt from HuffingtonPost.com When police came upon a 13-year-old girl selling sex in North Hollywood, they promptly handcuffed her, arrested her and hauled her off to detention. As is the case in many states, juvenile prostitution carries a sentence of up to two years in California, according to The Washington Post. While the fallout for this case might seem to have followed a perfectly apt protocol, the girl never should have seen the inside of a cell, just as much as a victim of rape never would. According to federal law, any individual under 18 who performs a commercial sex...
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Man asks to urinate on young boy in McDonald’s restroom

Excerpt from abc13.com CITY OF MONTGOMERY, TX (KTRK) -- Detectives with the City of Montgomery are investigating a bizarre encounter in a McDonald's bathroom that traumatized a little boy. For the May family, a quick stop for dinner on a busy school night turned into quite the wake up call. "Although I completely believed my son and every word he said, it still didn't feel real in that moment," Diane Stoebner-May said. It started with a trip to the bathroom. Christopher is nine years old and didn't want to go into the lady's restroom with his mom. His sister Tori waited...
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Judge: Girl can’t be blamed for her assault

Excerpt from HeraldNet.com ARLINGTON, WA — A lawyer for a private Christian school and one of its teachers won’t be allowed to argue in court that a 14-year-old and her parents bear some responsibility for an inappropriate relationship between the girl and the school’s former principal. Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz earlier this week promptly rejected Highland Christian Schools’ attempt to assert an affirmative defense at trial. Kurtz said the law is clear that a child under 16 is incapable of consent and incapable of being considered for contributory fault. “This is fairly straight forward,” Kurtz said. “It will...
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