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James House partners with domestic violence taskforce to host Stewards of Children

Excerpt from Progress-Index.com The Prince George/Hopewell Domestic Violence Taskforce, in collaboration with James House, hosted a Stewards of Children training event on Sept. 24. The program, developed by the Darkness to Light organization, provides parents and other adults who care for or come into contact with children, with the tools to recognize and respond appropriately to suspected child sexual abuse. Flor Lopez, James House’s Children and Youth Education coordinator, facilitated the training, which highlighted the important choice every adult must make to proactively take steps …

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You can help stop child sexual abuse

Excerpt from Courier-Tribune.com Patti Marlowe used to think all child sexual predators looked like monsters. “I didn’t think I knew one,” she said, “much less that I was married to one for 10 years.” After Marlowe remarried, her 16-year-old daughter revealed a terrible secret: Marlowe’s ex-husband — the girl’s stepfather — had sexually abused her for years. The man used fear to keep the girl quiet. If she told her mother, he told her, her mother would kill him and go to jail, and the …

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More than 3,000 Child Advocates

Excerpt from RoyalGazette.com More than 3,000 people have gone through training to help combat the difficult issue of child sexual abuse, according to Scars chairman Jon Brunson. Addressing the Hamilton Rotary Club yesterday afternoon, Mr Brunson said that since 2011, around 3,211 people have been certified through the charity’s Stewards of Children training programme, which is aimed at helping people spot, prevent and react responsibly to the issue of child sex abuse. Among those who have gone through the certification process were representatives from 42 …

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Nez Perce Tribal Members Trained to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from PublicNewsService.org One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Non-Indian men commit more than 80 percent of sex crimes on reservations. And 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abuser. Those statistics were part of the Nez Perce tribe’s recent Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence conference, where attendees learned about strategies for prevention. Nez Perce Indian child social worker Jeanette Pinkham says the lifelong consequences of being abused carry a steep price tag, and yet …

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Pope Francis – “God weeps for the sexual abuse of children”

Excerpt from People.com Pope Francis spent part of his final day in Philadelphia meeting with past victims of child sexual abuse, promising retribution against those culpable for the Catholic church scandal that reached a fever pitch in the early 2000s. The pope expressed his warning to American bishops accused of covering up for sexually abusive priests at the start of a 30-minute meeting at the San Carlo Borromeo seminary on Sunday, according to Head Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. In the half hour meeting, the pontiff …

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Nearly 6,000 Adults Trained to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from StateCollege.com One in 10 children will suffer some form of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, according to Darkness to Light, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and educates on child sexual abuse. Using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training program, Centre County is fighting that statistic. By mid-August, 5,822 adults in Centre County ― or about 5 percent of the adult population ― went through the two-and-a-half-hour Stewards of Children preventative child sexual abuse training. Darkness to Light encourages …

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First Line of Defense

By: Paula Sellars, M.S.W., Author/Director, Stewards of Children Safe adults are the first line of defense against child sexual abuse (CSA). In fact, the adults in a child’s life are most responsible for whether sexual abuse occurs because adults are most capable of the judgment and skill that CSA prevention requires. Understanding how sexual predators groom children is actually quite nuanced. Reducing the opportunity for sexual abuse in organizations takes planning and knowledge. Talking to children about their body boundaries in an age appropriate, non-scary …

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5% of Centre County Adults are Now Empowered to Protect Children

We at D2L congratulate Pennsylvania’s Centre County community for reaching a tipping point in prevention! By training five percent of the adult population in families, schools, and youth serving organizations like the YMCA with Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program, they are creating a new standard of safety. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a relatively small amount of people can effect change on a societal level. Darkness to Light encourages every community to educate five …

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Educators who suspected child abuse say they were told to check with parents first

Excerpt from Omaha.com by Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau LINCOLN — A dispute sparked by a student arriving at school with a scratched face and dried, smelly feces on his hands and wrists wound up in court Monday. North Platte teacher Christie Copper and school guidance counselor Stephen Spiehs reported the late March incident to state authorities as suspected child abuse or neglect. On Monday, the two filed a complaint in Lincoln County District Court claiming that school administrators responded to the case by directing …

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What do sunscreen, bug spray, and prevention have in common?

One of the best safeguards against child sexual abuse is our relationships with our children. Holidays provide a great opportunity to strengthen those relationships, promote conversation, and of course, relax and have fun with family. So what do sunscreen, bug spray, and prevention have in common? Trick question – it’s all prevention and all should be part of our basic holiday safety plan! Here are a few tips to help you create a safe and happy holiday for your family: SHARE THESE TIPS!

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