Tag Archives: Learn The Facts

Portrait of a Perpetrator

What does a person who sexually abuses children look like? We hear all the time, “I could tell if he was a child molester.” The reality is that you can’t. Most child molesters aren’t creepy men in vans. They aren’t hardened criminals. They aren’t from one race, gender, or sexual orientation. Those who sexually abuse children look and act just like everyone else. The chances are that you have met an offender and never even realized it. They often seek out “safe” neighborhoods, churches, schools, …

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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Excerpt from clevelandclinic.org Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says. The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma. The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on the brain is an increase in a protein called S100B. S100B is a protein usually found in the brain. But when the protein makes its …

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Taking On Child Sex Abuse In a Difficult Climate

Excerpt from “Letter to the Editor” on desmoinesregister.com State Sen. Janet Petersen deserves credit for taking on the issue of child sexual abuse in a difficult political climate, but the opposition she’s encountering shows how little this crime is understood even by lawmakers and others who should know better. This is especially true concerning the retroactive “window” provision for civil actions, which Petersen had to remove to make the SF107 bill more palatable to her colleagues and to lobbyists from the Iowa Catholic Conference and …

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Letter to the Editor: Learn More About Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from ydr.com You have probably heard something about the recent legislative changes regarding child abuse and child protection. For some of you, this may have raised some questions, including how will you recognize the signs of abuse and how will you respond when you suspect abuse. Darkness to Light is an organization that was founded with the goal of reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light has created a prevention training program called Stewards of Children. For those of you who …

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Pocono Family YMCA offers program to spot signs of child sex abuse

Excerpt from poconorecord.com Child abuse does not necessarily involve violence or anger. Abuse often involves adults using their power over children as objects for their own gratification. Parents take their children for regular pediatrician visits, make sure they receive all their immunizations and eat nutritious food — all in order to protect their child. “But if parents are not educated on how to identify the signs of sexual abuse in children or what steps to take to be proactive and prevent it, they are unable …

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Officers become the pupils through “Stewards of Children” training

Excerpt from wjactv.com STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Centre County agencies that help children are on a mission to train 5,800 adults on how to prevent child sexual abuse. The program is called The Stewards of Children, and on Monday, dozens of police officers were the pupils. The NCAA gave Centre County agencies $500,000 for this program. It’s been around for about two years, and once all of the local officers are trained, they’ll be close to their goal. “Fifty-eight hundred is the tipping point,” said …

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Darkness to Light training educates on the child sexual abuse ‘epidemic’

Excerpt from reporternewspapers.net Three years ago, my friend Lane Olives and I sat in the training room at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) for the first time. Lane had been a supporter of the center for several years, and convinced me and a few other moms to go to a “Darkness To Light” training session at the center. I was a bit anxious about the information I was about to learn – child sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic, and one that I …

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Rising child sexual abuse toll in Jamaica reflects improved detection

Excerpt from latino.foxnews.com The notable increase in reports of child sexual abuse in Jamaica in recent years is due to an improvement in detection systems and the growing responsibility teachers feel to help student victims, an activist told Efe Thursday. Jolie Logan is the president of Darkness to Light, which offered this week in Kingston an educational workshop for teachers, parents, government officials and the general public, an event sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Initiative of Jamaica. The number of reported cases of child sexual …

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Why is child sexual abuse awareness stuck in the 1950s?

Excerpt from chronicle.augusta.com Margaret Hoelzer is a two-time U.S. Olympic athlete in swimming, and a child sexual abuse survivor. I was in the audience as she spoke to a group of child advocates – professionals who, like our employees at Child Enrichment, work with child victims of abuse every day. Margaret informed us and motivated us in many ways that day, but one particular thing she said has really bothered me, and I can’t shake it, because I too cannot understand. She asked, “Why is …

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He Would Tell Me

Reprint from Together We Heal Recently I had the pleasure of having breakfast with my friend and colleague, Boz Tchividjian. I’m so thankful for the friendship he and I have developed and while talking he gave me one more reason to be thankful. He brought to my attention something I had not given enough consideration. It’s from his insight this article originated. We were discussing the reasons behind why I didn’t say something about my abuse and why other survivors don’t tell or speak up …

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