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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 …

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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 …

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A New Prevalence Statistic: 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they reach 18

Many of you are familiar with the statement, “One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.” This statistic came from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Over the past two decades, it has been widely used within industries that study, work with, or advocate for children. Until recently, it was also found in Darkness to Light’s prevention and education resources, including the original version of our Stewards …

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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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Dear World, Let Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke Be a Lesson to You

After the spectacle that was the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance at this year’s VMA awards, a mother wrote a blog that has now gone viral, entitled “Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.“ Last week, a father wrote this response, countering, “I’m no feminist. Miley Cyrus is an adult and should be held responsible for her actions. But where are the men in all of this?” In an interview, Miley had this to say: “You’re thinking about it more than I thought …

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Sandusky “Victim 10” Speaks Out About Abuse

This week, ABC News Philadelphia shared the first public interview with “Victim 10” from the Sandusky trial, who settled his case against Penn State on Tuesday. The interview reveals an all too familiar pattern. Our Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training addresses issues such as grooming, one-on-one situations, secrets, and long-term effects. The importance of these topics is emphasized by Victim 10’s story, which unfortunately provides a textbook example of child sexual abuse. “Jerry Sandusky took an instant liking to me,” he said. “He …

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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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Wade Robson – Dancer, Choreographer, Child Sexual Abuse Survivor

Wade Robson shocked the world with his recent announcement that he was a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of late pop icon Michael Jackson. Perhaps the most startling aspect of this statement was the fact that Robson vehemently supported Jackson during his 2005 molestation trial and after Jackson’s death in 2009 stated, “Michael Jackson changed the world and, more personally, my life forever. He is the reason I dance, the reason I make music, and one of the main reasons I believe …

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What Would You Do?

Excerpt from the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center April newsletter WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD? WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO HELP KEEP CHILDREN SAFE FROM ABUSE? WILL YOU BELIEVE? You are at work and receive a call from your child’s after-school sitter informing you that your child came home from playing in the neighborhood, and disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted. What would you do? Your two children want to go to summer camp. You do research before sending them to …

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R. A. Dickey: CSA survivor

On April 14, the CBS show 60 Minutes aired an interview between correspondent Lesley Stahl and R. A. Dickey, pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Dickey’s story in and of itself is quite interesting – a would-be star pitcher whose upper six-figure starting salary plummeted 90 percent after an x-ray revealed the absence of a key ligament in his right elbow. Following this, his disappointing performance in the majors sent him to the minors, where he excelled. Throughout his career, Dickey yo-yoed between the two, …

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