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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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TODAY show interview with Dottie Sandusky was damaging and unnecessary

Yesterday, Dottie Sandusky appeared on the TODAY show along with filmmaker John Ziegler to share her perspective on her husband, Jerry Sandusky. Throughout the interview, Ms. Sandusky defended her husband’s innocence, questioned evidence and facts surrounding the case, and accused victims of being motivated by financial gain. Since Jerry Sandusky’s 2012 conviction, many people have speculated about what exactly Dottie knew. How could she so blindly support her husband in the face of so much evidence? The answer is this – we don’t know what …

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D2L chosen as Top 5 Nominee for 5th Annual CLASSY Awards!

Darkness to Light was recently chosen as a Top 5 Nominee for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards. Over 3,000 organizations were considered for this honor, and we are excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Child Rights category. According to the CLASSY Awards, “Child Rights programs protect a generation that hasn’t found its voice yet. They work to provide equal educational opportunities and end neglect, abuse, exploitation and deficient health care for children up to 18 years old.” The finalist for each …

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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 celebrity culture worthy of our children

This evening, millions of people around the world will watch the Oscars to celebrate the global gift of storytelling through film. Many of the films tackle tough, emotionally challenging topics — often with sensitivity, care, and compassion. What we’re asking, on behalf of the millions of survivors of child sexual abuse in America, is simple: once the curtain goes down on the Oscars, let’s lift the silence on preventing child sexual abuse. In a saga that has captured recent headlines, Woody Allen’s alleged history of …

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Child sexual abuse prevention meets the bright lights of NYC’s Times Square

A 10-second public service announcement for Darkness to Light is now appearing on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square. The video, which will run hourly through the end of April, focuses on child sexual abuse education and prevention. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to reach 300,000 people a day with our message of preventing child sexual abuse,” said President and CEO Jolie Logan. “We hope this message will encourage people to talk about the issue. When the world makes sexual abuse prevention part …

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Bringing children from darkness to light

Original article by: Joseph Hamrick, The Commerce Journal Commerce, TX — One out of every 10 children in the United States are sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18, according to researchers from Darkness to Light. County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench said he wants that to end. Bench spoke before the Retired Teachers Club inside the Alumni Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce about his partnership with Darkness to Light, an organization that equips citizens with tools to spot and prevent child …

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Acting Attorney General of New Jersey Mandates Stewards Training

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that all Department of Law and Public Safety employees will receive mandatory Stewards of Children prevention training. This training announcement coincides with a statewide effort through the NJ YMCA State Alliance to offer free online training to all New Jerseyans. “As law enforcement and as parents, we owe it to our children to expose the perpetrators who commit these hideous crimes and bring them to justice,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “Law enforcement will continue to crack …

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Modest is Hottest–
How to create a culture that devalues girls AND boys

By: Linda Daniel D2L’s Stewards of Children training is based on the principle of taking risks and standing up for children. Marion Mayer, a junior at Lakeland Senior High School, did exactly that when she took a stand against the way her principle introduced the school’s dress code as “Modest is hottest,” and “Boys will be boys.” This high school student brought national attention to the issue, shedding light on gender sexual inequalities that still pervade our culture. In a Facebook post, Mayer addressed the …

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Sandusky’s son makes first public appearance in support of Penn State film

Matt Sandusky, adopted son of convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky, recently attended the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Happy Valley.” This documentary sheds light on the infamous abuse scandal and its impact on the Penn State community. It was the younger Sandusky’s first public appearance since bravely coming forward to testify against his father in 2012. Over 90% of child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust. “My role in the film was to share the perspective of a survivor, to give survivors …

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