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Child advocates urge safety for children this summer

Original article from the Delaware Cape Gazette may be viewed here. Attorney General Beau Biden has joined representatives from the Siegel JCC Delaware, YMCA of Delaware, Darkness to Light Foundation, and Prevent Child Abuse Delaware to discuss steps summer youth programs can take to help keep children safe from harm and announced progress in the Stewards of Children child abuse prevention program, a statewide public, private, non-profit partnership to train adults to recognize and respond to signs of child sexual abuse. Over the next few …

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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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Home not a safe place for abused kids

Delaware State News by Craig Anderson DOVER — Earl Bradley and Jerry Sandusky are names the public recognizes as predators. But there are scores of less recognized names committing child abuse every day. And many are relatives or people who shares the homes of the children they are abusing. Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware officials said these abusers account for nearly 85 percent of cases. In Fiscal Year 2012, the CAC investigated 1,302 cases of reported child sex abuse cases — about 3.5 per day. “People are …

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AG Biden gets “Champion for Children” award

State Attorney General Beau Biden is the recipient of Prevent Child Abuse Delaware’s “Champion for Children” award. The chidrens’ advocacy group Friday presented Biden with the award in recognition of his creation of the state’s Child Predator Unit and Stewards of Children Program, and implementation of parts of the Adam Walsh Act. Adam Walsh, son of “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh, was abducted from a Florida mall and killed in 1981. Full article made available on WDEL 1150AM Talk Radio, written by Frank Gerace

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Abuse scandals spur positive change

Before Jerry Sandusky grabbed headlines with allegations he’d sexually abused boys while Penn State University officials looked the other way, there were the headlines about pediatrician Earl Bradley, and questions about why years of complaints never revealed his sexual abuse of his patients. They weren’t the only examples Delawareans have seen in which people trusted to care for children were found to have abused them. There were the allegations of decades of abuse by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Teachers too showed up …

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Time to talk about sex abuse. Recent high-profile cases raise awareness of what adults can do to help protect kids.

Sometime in 2009, a grand jury in Pennsylvania quietly began investigating child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky after a teen boy came forward to authorities and alleged the retired Penn State football coach touched him inappropriately over a four-year period. Later that same year in Delaware, Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted more than 100 patients, mostly girls younger than 3. Sandusky’s recent conviction on more than four dozen child sex abuse charges was a painful bookend to Bradley’s …

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D2L CEO, Jolie Logan, presents at annual meeting of Attorneys General in Alaska

On June 20th Jolie spoke at the annual AG meeting in Anchorage Alaska.  With the issue of child sexual abuse on top of mind of all Americans but especially on those who are responsible for law enforcement and criminal justice, Jolie called on the AGs to use their voice and influence to get others in their state involved in prevention and to insist that youth serving organization’s use education and policy to raise the bar in how we care for our children.  Jolie impressed upon …

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Delaware Universities Taking Prevention Seriously!

Wilmington University, among other Universities in Delaware, have agreed to work with Darkness to Light’s Authorized Facilitators to train their faculty and staff in Stewards of Children.  The Athletics Department  at Wilmington University was among the first to get trained.  Next the public safety departments, education colleges and other general staff are getting trained. This training is just a small part of the state’s goal to train 35,000 citizens over a 5 year period. To view photos from the first Stewards of Children training at …

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Wilmington University Teams up with Darkness to Light for Stewards of Children Certification

It goes without saying that child sexual abuse is a very complex problem. Although there is no substitute for the advice of professionals, the Wilmington University athletic department took a major step forward in educating itself in ways to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through the Darkness to Light Steward of Children program on Monday night. To read more, click here.

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YMCA of Delaware will receive $300,000 to support “Stewards of Children Sexual Child Abuse Prevention.”

The Delaware Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $220,000 to three statewide, multi-agency initiatives to expand mentoring, reduce child sexual abuse and empower financially vulnerable Delawareans. The DCF’s collaborative grant program seeks to fund initiatives in which multiple nonprofit agencies work together to maximize their collective capabilities and provide powerful services to Delawareans statewide. Every three years, the DCF solicits applications and selects one or more initiatives to fund for the subsequent three years. Grant money comes from the earnings of the DCF’s unrestricted fund. …

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