Talking to Kids About Digital Safety and Citizenship

By Doug Galluccio, Detective for the City of Charleston Police Department As a detective who often sees the negative impacts of the internet on children, I feel that education is a major component with regards to internet safety. The internet provides an opportunity for children to learn, explore their world, and socialize with friends. By understanding the potential dangers your children face, you can more easily communicate with them about having safer digital experiences. There are so many positive things that children can encounter online, including new ways to learn and connect with the world around them. However, being online and vulnerable can also put children...
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YMCAs Continue Efforts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The article below originally appeared on March 2, 2016 in the online version of the Lexington, NC Dispatch The J. Smith Young YMCA and Tom A. Finch Community YMCA have joined together in an effort to train five percent of the Davidson County adult population in families, schools and youth serving organizations with Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” child sexual abuse prevention program. As of Feb. 15, approximately 2,200 adults have been trained, laying the foundation for a proactive, community wide approach to prevention, according to a press release. This builds momentum toward educating and empowering all adults to...
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The “What If?” Game: Confident, Competent Kids

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.  When I was a child, my mom played a game with me that she called “Opposites.” This must have started when I was about three. Is that too precocious? Maybe I was four. Anyway, in the Opposites Game my mom would say a word, and I was supposed to shout out its opposite. “Inside,” she would say....
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Safe, Not Sterile: Showing Affection

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.  One of the best things about children, especially the little ones, is their openness and receptivity. Simply by their nature, children call forth our affection. Being in the presence of a child, we smile. We find ways to make ourselves smaller, less threatening. We ask questions and listen. We show enthusiasm. We mirror.  If the child knows...
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Being a Hero and Talking About Child Sexual Abuse

Spring is here and April is just around the corner. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Darkness to Light is working to encourage everyone to TALK about child sexual abuse. This TEDx Talk, by Jill Tolles, perfectly illustrates why TALKING ABOUT IT is something we ALL must do to protect children for sexual abuse. Watch the talk below and get a sneak peek into what we have planned for Child Abuse Awareness Month on D2Lblog.org/talk. ...
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An Excerpt from Matt Sandusky’s New Book “Undaunted”

This following is an excerpt from the new book "Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse" by Matt Sandusky. In the passage and accompanying video, Matt talks about the grooming process he experienced and how we can protect children from grooming behaviors. To purchase the book, visit www.amazon.com. Grooming reminds me of the story about the frog in hot water. If you put a frog in boiling hot water to stew him, he'll do everything he can to get out. Yet if you put a...
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Give Survivors More Time to File Child Sexual Abuse Claims

This op-ed, authored by DeAnn Tilton and Utah House Representative Ken Ivory, originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on March 7, 2016. 

For every legal action, lawmakers decide DeAnn Tiltonhow long a victim has to take the offender to court. Historically, the state of Utah has given survivors of childhood sexual abuse just a few years to get to civil court to seek redress for the harm done to them by those who have abused them.

While short time limits, also called statutes of limitation, can be appropriate

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Got Moxie? Summoning the Courage to Intervene

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.  This Two Minutes for Prevention video could be pretty discouraging. The news of it may even make you mad.  ‘Make you want to blame the messenger. But the fact remains that 90% of children who are sexually abused know their abuser. A close friend, a trusted teacher, an older cousin, even one’s own boyfriend or spouse – a person we...
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My Healing Journey Following Child Sexual Abuse

Dave Moody is one of the survivors featured in Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training. In the video below and the blog post that follows, Dave shares in his own words his survivor story and his journey to healing.  My story is one that you might have heard before. Born and raised in a loving household, I was sexually abused by my babysitter. Unable to tell my parents, I carried this experience into adulthood. Still, I got married, had two children, raised them with my loving wife Karla, and built a successful construction company in Atlanta,...
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SPOTLIGHT on Child Sexual Abuse

Spotlight-on-D2LSeveral of Darkness to Light’s staff members went to see the movie Spotlight on opening night in Charleston. The film covers the investigative reporting of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team in exposing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. We work at an organization committed to empowering adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and are immersed in the problem of sexual abuse. Yet despite our daily exposure to the issue, we left the theater without uttering a single word to each other. We walked dumbstruck to our cars, each lost in our own thoughts...
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