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The 5 Steps Holiday Edition – Step Two: Minimize Opportunity

It seems like every year, the holiday season begins a bit earlier. Black Friday has been moved to Wednesday. Social calendars are booked from November until January. For parents, children’s parties, plays, and recitals are also a big part of the season. Throughout the hustle and bustle, families can use The Five Steps to Protecting Our Children to make the holidays safer for their little loved ones. Because the biggest worry children should have this time of year is whether their Elf on the Shelf remembered …

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The 5 Steps Holiday Edition – Step One: Learn the Facts

It seems like every year, the holiday season begins a bit earlier. Black Friday has been moved to Wednesday. Social calendars are booked from November until January. For parents, children’s parties, plays, and recitals are also a big part of the season. Throughout the hustle and bustle, families can use The Five Steps to Protecting Our Children to make the holidays safer for their little loved ones. Because the biggest worry children should have this time of year is whether their Elf on the Shelf …

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Are You a “Mandated” Reporter?

Our materials and posts often mention the words “mandated reporter.” You may be wondering what this term actually means, and whether you or those who work with your children are mandated to report child sexual abuse. A mandated reporter is a person who is required by law to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the proper designated authorities. All 50 states require that professionals who work with children report reasonable suspicions of child abuse, and some states require anyone with suspicions to report. …

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Reporting Failure Leads to Criminal Prosecution

Last week, charges were filed against a Texas teacher and several administrators in response to a disclosure of child sexual abuse. Article written by Ericka Mellon and Cindy George of the Houston Chronicle, and posted on Nov. 21. Read the entire article here. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Friday that a warrant had been issued for the Sharpstown High School teacher accused of sexual contact with at least three students on campus. The case led to charges against the Sharpstown principal and two …

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Protecting Our Children…Our Responsibility

By Virginia Baker, M.Ed. View original article here Learn more about D2L’s new Stewards of Children® curriculum, including The 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM.

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Child abuse prevention program kicks off – High Point, North Carolina

Dana Bentley, left, and Kimberly Cousineau place their name badge on a board to show their support and commitment of becoming a Stewards of Children for the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. LAURA GREENE | HPE (13/0926) HIGH POINT — North Carolina Nonprofit leaders gathered in the fellowship hall of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church to be made aware of a silent epidemic in Guilford County. Child sexual abuse is the most expensive victim crime in the U.S., except for murder. Darkness …

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Patti Marlowe speaks about living a parent’s worst nightmare: Finding out her daughter had been sexually abused

JAMESTOWN, NC — Outside of a restaurant on a cold afternoon in December 2005, Patti Patti Marlowe learned a secret her daughter had kept from her, from everyone, for 10 years. The family — Marlowe’s new husband, stepchildren and her 16-year-old daughter — was at a restaurant after church. Marlowe’s daughter was urgent. “Mom, I have to tell you something.” They went to the bathroom to be alone. It wasn’t private enough. They went outside. What Marlowe’s daughter told her changed her forever. “My knees just …

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Teenagers – Can’t Live With ‘Em; Can’t Live Without ‘Em

“Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television’s message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.”- Dave Berry     The teenage years can be difficult, both for teens and for parents. For teens, these years are marked by:   a struggle to establish identity and independence feelings of awkwardness about self/body moodiness, decreased affection toward parents, and occasional rudeness better …

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A Policy of Prevention

Raise your hand if you have had or will have a physical exam this year. What about a dental checkup and tooth-cleaning? Okay, you don’t have to raise your hand, but consider the following: Annual physical exams comprise 8% of all doctor’s visits throughout the year. 45 million Americans will begin a diet this year, spending upwards of $2 billion on weight-loss programs. 15% of New Year’s resolutions include exercise, and over 40 million Americans have a gym membership. If you are one of these …

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Growing Roses

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” — George Eliot   Most people can agree that the rose is one of nature’s most beautiful flowers. A vase of roses can brighten a room, and there is nothing quite like a rose bush filled with blooms of any variety or color. In fact, a healthy rose bush is part of and helps support a healthy ecosystem. Whether wild or landscaped, it adds an aesthetic touch to …

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