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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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Dear TODAY Show – No one wants to hear from Jerry Sandusky

This morning, the “TODAY Show” released audio recordings from telephone interviews between the incarcerated Jerry Sandusky and filmmaker John Ziegler. Early in his appearance on the show, Ziegler asserted, “Jerry Sandusky already had his day in court.” And yet, this morning, the world was forced to listen to him once more – as he laughed about “sex” in the shower and discussed the validity of testimonies and due process. From the beginning, long before I came to Darkness to Light, the testimony of Jerry Sandusky …

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An Online Study for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

As part of her doctoral studies at the University at Buffalo, Molly Wolf, LMSW, is conducting a research study on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. Please see further information, including a link to the study, below. Darkness to Light is not affiliated with this study. You are invited to participate in a clinical research project that examines your experiences of child sexual abuse and related issues concerning that abuse. Your participation is completely voluntary, and this study will take about 30 – 40 …

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Lisa Ling Interviews Delaware YMCA on Stewards of Children Training

In 2010, Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley was convicted on 24 counts of child sexual abuse. Following many years of investigation and suspicion, Bradley was arrested after a 2-year old girl reported an incident to her parents. A subsequent police search recovered hours of videotape documenting over 10 years of abuse.  Bradley received a life sentence for his crimes, and in response to this issue, the State of Delaware created an initiative to train five percent of its population in child sexual abuse prevention. Supporting this …

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Jolie Logan, President & CEO of Darkness to Light, reflects on 2012 and looks ahead to 2013 in this feature interview by The Post & Courier

Darkness to Light leader looks ahead after high-profile sex abuse cases By Jennifer Berry Hawes, The Post & Courier - posted Saturday January 5, 2013 Photo: (Brad Nettles/postandcourier.com) 12/31/12 Just weeks after Logan was named president and CEO of the child sexual abuse prevention group, a yearlong onslaught of headlines began to reveal everything from horrific locker room shower assaults at Penn State to porn and masturbation sessions with summer campers at The Citadel. And it didn’t stop with Sandusky and ReVille. Longtime BBC children’s television …

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A Community Solution – Child Advocacy Program Taking Steps to Combat Sexual Abuse

A community solution Child advocacy program taking steps to combat sexual abuse September 15, 2012 By Scott Shelters (sshelters@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal Ninety-two percent of adults recognize child sexual abuse is a problem. Most of them don’t know what to do about it, however. Less than half of adults know the right person or organization to turn to if they learn a child has been victimized, according to a survey released by Darkness to Light, a nonprofit empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. The …

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Raising Richmond: Preventing the unthinkable

BY VALERIE CATROW Originally published on the RVANews Ever since the news of Jerry Sandusky’s deplorable acts of child sexual abuse broke late last year, I’ve wanted to write about it. But whenever I tried to piece together my thoughts, I froze. My fingers, my breathing, my brain, everything. The prospect of my child (or any child) becoming the victim of sexual abuse makes me…well… I can’t even label the feelings stirred up by such a notion. Fear? Panic? Blinding rage? Yes, to all of …

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Y program helps address childhood sexual abuse

Woburn, MA – The statistics are startling. Approximately 20 percent of all victims of sexual abuse are under age 8. One in five children are sexually solicited while on the Internet, and 30-40 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. There are an estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse living in the U.S. today. The North Suburban YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light, a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award-winning prevention program, Stewards of Children, to Woburn, …

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Chris Rutgers of Outdoor Outreach shares a poignant message of courage and hope

Darkness to Light applauds Chris for sharing his story through the recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune. You can read the article here.    About Chris: Christopher Rutgers is the founder and executive director of Outdoor Outreach. As a competitive skier, whitewater river guide, expedition rock climber and avid surfer, Chris has spent most of his life developing a passion for the outdoors. It was this passion that helped Chris overcome his own at-risk childhood. In 1999, he founded Outdoor Outreach as a …

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