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Jewish Watchdog Group Challenges Child Sexual Abuse Taboo

Excerpt from israelnationalnews.com One thousand Orthodox Jews crowded into a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY hall Monday evening for a noble purpose: to raise awareness of, and educate themselves about, child sexual abuse – an issue all too often avoided as taboo within some circles. The highly charged event served as an opportunity to show support to victims of abuse, to educate the public about the dangers of abuse and to present the relaunch of Jewish Community Watch (JCW), a watchdog group monitoring abuse in the …

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“Grieve for that Child” – A community rallies against child sexual abuse

Source: Sean Kirst with Syracuse.com Administrators at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center called Jennifer Nadler a few days ago. They asked if she could be at their East Genesee Street headquarters at 10 this morning, when they announce a historic collaboration to confront the sexual abuse of children in our community. At McMahon/Ryan, they’d heard of Nadler, 36. She is a survivor who chooses to speak out. This month, she gave two community presentations based on the same ideals as a new “Darkness to Light” …

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Bivona Child Advocacy Center is changing lives in Rochester, NY

Bivona Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization located in Rochester, New York. Their mission is to coordinate and provide services to child victims of sexual or physical abuse and their families at a single welcoming facility. Bivona CAC is the only agency located in the Rochester area that provides these services, working with more than 1,500 children each year. In 2012, they collaborated with the YMCA of Greater Rochester and Darkness to Light to develop a county-wide initiative among Monroe schools and other …

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Study shows adults need education on the issue of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article by Jon Hand for the Democrat & Chronicle here. A major obstacle to preventing the sexual abuse of children is getting people to realize that it is a common problem. A local survey released this month shows that Rochester-area residents believe child sexual abuse is “more of a national problem than a significant issue in Rochester” and more of a problem in low-income communities. That’s not true, said Mary Whittier, Bivona Child Advocacy Center executive director, who is preparing for her …

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Child sexual abuse prevention meets the bright lights of NYC’s Times Square

A 10-second public service announcement for Darkness to Light is now appearing on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square. The video, which will run hourly through the end of April, focuses on child sexual abuse education and prevention. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to reach 300,000 people a day with our message of preventing child sexual abuse,” said President and CEO Jolie Logan. “We hope this message will encourage people to talk about the issue. When the world makes sexual abuse prevention part …

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Miss Americas Show Commitment to Ending Child Sexual Abuse

Two Miss Americas to speak on child abuse Article by Chris Swingle. Original post can be read here. What will it take to prevent or stop child sexual abuse? “It takes all of us,” says the 1958 Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur, whose prominent, millionaire father sexually violated her more than 600 times from the time she was age 5 to 18. “It takes people truly understanding how common it is.” Van Derbur, of Denver, will speak at the Bivona Summit on Child Abuse Tuesday …

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Capital District YMCA launches initiative for Child Abuse Prevention Month

New York – Assemblyman Jim Tedisco joined the Capital District YMCA and other community partners during Child Abuse Prevention Month to commemorate the implementation of Stewards of Children™ training and show their commitment to ending child sexual abuse. ”This ‘Darkness to Light’ training program is another tool to help empower our children and our entire community to prevent child abuse and keep children safe.  I’m honored to be a partner in the effort,” said Tedisco. Read the full blog post by Jim Tedisco for the Times …

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Prioritizing Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

N.Y. – Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards believes child abuse training should be a priority. Edwards recently visited Jamestown’s Child Advocacy Program to sign up for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention training. Under the facilitation of Jana McDermott, CAP offers regular sessions, with scholarships available for those who may find cost to be a prohibitive factor. Edwards had this to say about the training: “All you’re asking from me is three hours. Here’s what’s running through my head, then: If …

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5th Annual Bivona Summit on Child Abuse in Rochester, NY

Please join The Bivona Child Advocacy Center for their 5th Annual Bivona Summit on Child Abuse, a multidisciplinary training  conference for professionals who work with children. The Summit offers a comprehensive program at an affordable price, presented by experts in their field, including national and international speakers. When: April 23 & 24, 2013 Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday Networking: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Rochester 125 E Main Street Rochester, NY 14604 Who Should Attend: • Social Workers • Law Enforcement • …

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A Community Solution – Child Advocacy Program Taking Steps to Combat Sexual Abuse

A community solution Child advocacy program taking steps to combat sexual abuse September 15, 2012 By Scott Shelters (sshelters@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal Ninety-two percent of adults recognize child sexual abuse is a problem. Most of them don’t know what to do about it, however. Less than half of adults know the right person or organization to turn to if they learn a child has been victimized, according to a survey released by Darkness to Light, a nonprofit empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. The …

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