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Who can we count on to protect our children?

According to the Boston Herald. A troubled teen told DCF workers he played a game in which six toddlers at a Worcester-area home day care touched him inappropriately, but child welfare officials didn’t share that information with all the families, according to the grandmother of two of the boys.The teen — who had been sexually abused in foster care in the past — told investigators with the Department of Children and Families in 2012 he felt “urges” during the game, which he played with all …

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Greater Lowell Family YMCA partners with Dracut School Department

Massachusetts — On Wednesday, May 1, The Greater Lowell Family YMCA helped provide Stewards of Children™ training to 350 Dracut School Department personnel. “It is vitally important that all school employees be aware of the issue of child sexual abuse, and be sensitive to its effects on our children. The YMCA’s willingness to provide this invaluable educational training to the Dracut Public Schools is a wonderful example of community organizations effectively working together on behalf of children and adolescents,” says Steven Stone, Superintendent of Schools …

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Training to prevent child sexual abuse in Foxborough, Massachusetts

To commemorate April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Hockomock Area YMCA will hold a child sexual abuse-prevention training in Foxborough April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 8 Chestnut St. The educational program has already been extended to all town employees. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Space is limited. To sign up, contact Tony Calcia, one of the YMCA’s trainers, at 508-643-5226, or send an e-mail to tonyc@hockymca.org.

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Woburn YMCA offers free sex abuse prevention program

The Boston Globe – By Christina Jedra Lisa Young of Winchester, left, listened during the YMCA’s free program to prevent sexual abuse of children. WOBURN — They gathered in a room where kids go to practice rock climbing. But as the morning unfolded, the handful of adults at the North Suburban YMCA confronted one of the most horrific things any parent could imagine: the sexual abuse of children. Their program is called Stewards of Children because the idea behind it is that adults are responsible …

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Y program helps address childhood sexual abuse

Woburn, MA – The statistics are startling. Approximately 20 percent of all victims of sexual abuse are under age 8. One in five children are sexually solicited while on the Internet, and 30-40 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. There are an estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse living in the U.S. today. The North Suburban YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light, a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award-winning prevention program, Stewards of Children, to Woburn, …

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In Effort to Prevent Childhood Sexual Abuse, Stoughton Employees Taking Specialized Training

In partnership with the Old Colony YMCA, dozens of Stoughton, MA town employees and community members have been receiving training in the Darkness to Light Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. “Child sexual abuse is not a Y problem, or a school problem, or a church problem or a Penn State problem: it is a community problem, something which will only be mitigated by the education of adults making informed choices for children,” said Susan Komisar Hausman, a Darkness to Light facilitator since 2006. “Nobody understands better than …

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Stoughton Schools Administration, Faculty Participate in Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Stoughton Public Schools (MA) administrators, nurses and coaches recently partnered with the YMCA-sponsored Darkness to Light Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching adults simple, pro-active steps to help protect children from sexual abuse, is not widely known in the Northeast.  The Old Colony Y and Certified Instructor Susan Komisar Hausman are ensuring that will change.   As Hausman says, “We are aiming high, looking to train 5% of the adult population in those 31 communities [part of …

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Congratulations to the Merrimack Valley YMCA!

Merrimack Valley YMCA has already trained 413 individual’s in 2012 and they have 2 more trainings to go this month!  What a way to start the new year!  They have also just received a $4,000 donation from their local Rotary Club to support their Darkness to Light initiative!  This will go a long way in their efforts to train all of the Methuen Public Schools and the Methuen Fire Department. Keep up the amazing work Merrimack Valley YMCA!  We are so proud of you! 

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