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The role of educators in prevention

Educators may be the single most important group in the prevention and recognition of child sexual abuse. Not only do they see and work with large numbers of children every day, but children who disclose abuse often tell a teacher. In fact, educators are the source of over half of the abuse reports made by professionals to the authorities. How can we let sexual abuse happen to our community’s children when there are effective and inexpensive strategies for both prevention and intervention? Training for educators, …

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The need for educational reform

Government agencies and educational institutions constantly work together to develop strategies to improve academic achievement, particularly for children who are disadvantaged. The problem is that in many cases, we are treating a symptom rather than the root issue. Even the best educational strategies mean nothing to a child traumatized by sexual abuse. So how does child sexual abuse relate to academic achievement? The answer might surprise you. Research shows that children who are sexually abused perform at far lower levels than those who haven’t experienced …

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How to handle boundary violations

On April 30, D2L held its very first Reddit AMA on child sexual abuse prevention in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. We received many great questions that will be featured in our May blog series. QUESTION Please help resolve a long-standing debate with a friend of mine who lets her bf tickle her daughter (and the kid hates it). Do you consider tickling a form of sexual abuse? OUR ANSWER Tickling in and of itself is not abuse. From tickling to wrestling, kids often …

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Dangerous Decals – What your car says about your kid

Last June, we blogged about the potential danger of bumper stickers and car decals that provide detailed information on your family and kids. Recently, law enforcement professionals began weighing in on the issue. From firstcoastnews.com: Local law enforcement agencies are warning motorists about the dangers of their bumper stickers. Allan Harnage is a huge Gator fan, but besides showing his whole family bleeds blue and orange, he’s also letting people know how many family members he has and what kind of pets, through his family …

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LAUSD Admits It Destroyed Documents Regarding Child Sex Abuse

Source:  John Cádiz Klemack with nbclosangeles.com After nearly a week with no response to our inquiries about allegations the Los Angeles Unified School District destroyed documents that may have held key evidence in child abuse cases within the district, a spokesman admits the documents no longer exist. In an interview with KPCC, Sean Rossall of Cerrell Associates, the public relations representative hired by one of the law firms representing the district to exclusively handle media inquiries about the Miramonte child abuse scandal, says the documents were destroyed …

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“Grieve for that Child” – A community rallies against child sexual abuse

Source: Sean Kirst with Syracuse.com Administrators at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center called Jennifer Nadler a few days ago. They asked if she could be at their East Genesee Street headquarters at 10 this morning, when they announce a historic collaboration to confront the sexual abuse of children in our community. At McMahon/Ryan, they’d heard of Nadler, 36. She is a survivor who chooses to speak out. This month, she gave two community presentations based on the same ideals as a new “Darkness to Light” …

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Mandatory reporting needs to be a clear process

Source: Adam Sullivan with WCAX.com DANVILLE, Vt. – Noah Noyes has been in public education for nine years and says the safety of his students is paramount. “I certainly am dedicated to child safety,” he said. “That is my number one priority at all times.” But last year, the Danville High School principal’s judgment was called into question. Police cited him for failing to properly file a report after a student claimed a teacher had fondled her in class. Noyes spoke with the district superintendent …

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What’s Your ACE Score?

It seems like ever since the Internet began, people have been using it to share quizzes. From “What Color is Your Aura?” to “Who’s Your 80s Movie Boyfriend”, there is a quiz for just about everything. Well, we have one you may not have heard of – “What’s Your ACE Score?” Based on a study by Dr. Vincent Felitti, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study measures 10 types of traumatic childhood experiences. According to the ACES Too High website, “Five are personal — physical abuse, …

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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA: Strengthening the community through child sexual abuse prevention

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA strengthens the community in Orange County, North Carolina through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Serving more than 10,000 men, women, and children, regardless of age, income, or background, the Chapel Hill Y strives to nurture children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to deliver lasting change. THE CHALLENGE As an organization committed to child protection, the Chapel Hill Y learned about Darkness to Light after completing a risk audit. Several YMCA staffers attended a series of D2L workshops and returned home energized and excited to …

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What is the ACE Study?

Last week, we discussed Dr. Vincent Felitti’s discovery of the link between adult obesity and child sexual abuse. From Jane Ellen Stevens’s article: In 1990, Felitti presented his findings at a meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity in Atlanta. Its members told him he was naïve to believe his patients, and they loudly denigrated the study. However, Dr. David Williams, then a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was intrigued. “He told me that people could …

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