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Learn the Signs of Sexual Abuse – A School Counselors Story

Story by Nancy Corley, director of family and child well-being at The Alliance of SWMO and Darkness to Light authorized facilitator. Excerpt from theallianceofswmo.org. I was a school counselor in a small, K through 12, private school in another state. Mostly my work days were filled with scheduling issues, arranging standardized test taking, assigning advanced placement rosters, talking with ambitious parents about college prep for their children, and the occasional recalcitrant child with an attitude problem. One day the school nurse asked me if I …

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Mentors and young parents attend Darkness to Light training

  Mentors and participants of The Community Partnership’s Young Parents Program recently attended a Stewards of Children three-hour training class developed by Darkness to Light. Darkness to Light is an evidenced-based adult prevention program addressing the issue of child sexual abuse. Founded in 2000, D2L has trained hundreds of thousands of adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse in their communities. The class was facilitated by Marissa Gunther of Missouri KidsFirst. Held at Greentree Christian Church, the class focused on …

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Missouri Task Force releases recommendations for improving child safety

Last week, a Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children released 22 recommendations for improving the safety of children to Governor Jay Nixon and lawmakers.  This report is a comprehensive look at improving several key areas necessary in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. We would like to congratulate our good friend Joy Oesterly, with Missouri KidsFirst, a D2L Facilitator and Instructor, who headed up the task force.  The report and recommendations were very well formulated and could have a …

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Missouri Efforts Create Stewards of Children

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Group raises awareness of child sexual abuse Robin Standridge is a mandated reporter. As a requirement of her profession — as the drug-free communities director for the Alliance of Southwest Missouri and as a director and organizer for several children’s organizations — she is required to report any instance in which she has a reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused. It’s a call that she’s made several times throughout her career. But it only took one unmade call to change …

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