Tag Archives: D2L

Reality Show Exposes the Reality of Child Sexual Abuse

The conversation on child sexual abuse needs to rise above the fray of individual scandals and focus on national prevention and accountability. From Josh Duggar to Dennis Hastert, we have seen a stream of high profile child sexual abuse cases in the news lately. At Darkness to Light, we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg – that child sexual abuse is occurring every day in communities across the nation. The majority of abuse cases go unreported, and without proper intervention and care, …

Read More | 2 Comments

Beau Biden, Champion for Children

It was with heavy hearts that we at D2L received the news of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s passing. In a society where we are just beginning to understand children’s right to a healthy, protected childhood, Biden was a pioneer. In September of 2011, the Attorney General’s office joined with state community leaders including the YMCA of Delaware, Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, and Christ Church of Greenville, unveiling a plan to train 35,000 adults statewide to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual …

Read More | Leave a comment

We Keep Hearing About Josh Duggar. What About the Victims?

The news just broke that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the popular 19 Kids and Counting Duggar family, has acknowledged that as a teenager, he was investigated for molesting underage girls. Reports state that following Josh’s confession to his father, over a year went by before the incident was reported to the police. In the meantime, the family sought counseling for Josh and for those “affected by his actions.” This incident makes two things very clear – that child sexual abuse occurs more frequently …

Read More | 9 Comments

A Strong Finish to Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Mary Elizabeth Huggins Child Abuse Prevention Month ended on a strong note in Louisiana. On April 30, the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice partnered with Child Advocacy Services to train 12 supervisors to become authorized facilitators of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program. These new facilitators are just the beginning — the Office of Juvenile Justice hopes to soon have their entire staff armed with the tools provided by the Stewards of Children training, enabling them to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child …

Read More | Leave a comment

We all have responsibility in protecting children

Excerpt from Missoulian.com. By: BART KLIKA I remember feeling helpless, but, man, I had been there before. Watching a 20-something father trying to convince his screaming and kicking daughter that it was time to leave the park reminded me of the countless times I have been faced with a similar dilemma. As a bystander, I wanted to help, but how? Should I go talk to the dad? Should I ignore the situation altogether – after all, shouldn’t I mind my own darn business? In the …

Read More | Leave a comment

Surviving and Thriving: Sexual abuse survivor looks to spread awareness

Excerpt from The Daily Times. When Rhonda Stinnett first saw the news of a recent court case — wherein a Blount County man was sentenced to probation after the alleged physical and sexual abuse of three young children — she felt sick. Then she felt anger, and then, finally, resolve. Armed with that resolve, she feels moved to share her own experience, in hopes that other children will be spared from the pain she endured. “Something inside me just clicked,” says Stinnett. “I could not …

Read More | Leave a comment

The Hallway of Healing

By Ellen Magnis It’s hard to believe that it is April again, the time when those of us who live in the world of child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment put out our rallying cries in a louder voice perhaps than at any other time of year. It is our soapbox time, our time to signal to our communities to wake up, to pay attention, to learn more, to become empowered with knowledge about our cause. The statistics and stories remain daunting in our world. Those of us who are part of …

Read More | Leave a comment

Talk About It! Adapt 4 Adolescence

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 3 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. Talking with kids about body safety doesn’t have to be difficult… just frame your conversations in …

Read More | Leave a comment

Talk About It! From Elementary to “Tween”

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 2 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. Talking with kids about body safety doesn’t have to be difficult… just frame your conversations in …

Read More | Leave a comment

It’s Not About Football: Why the discussion around Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and Penn State needs to change

Last year, the documentary “Happy Valley” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. This award-winning film examines the abuse scandal at Penn State, the environment in which it happened, and the emotional aftermath felt by the community. Aside from offering a ground level view of the events and attitudes surrounding an event that shook the foundation of the Centre County community, the film offers a tremendous opportunity to talk openly about child sexual abuse. On April 16, Darkness to Light (D2L) and the Medical University of …

Read More | 2 Comments