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YMCA aims to end child sexual abuse

Excerpt from NewsObserver.com article by Liz Weidle, communications specialist for YMCA of the Triangle The Cary mom had a nagging feeling that something was wrong with her child. He was moody and didn’t want to participate in activities that once brought him joy. The mother realized the changes might be caused by something more troubling than typical pre-teen behavior when she took the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training offered through her church. Her heart was pounding when she talked with her son about …

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You can help stop child sexual abuse

Excerpt from Courier-Tribune.com Patti Marlowe used to think all child sexual predators looked like monsters. “I didn’t think I knew one,” she said, “much less that I was married to one for 10 years.” After Marlowe remarried, her 16-year-old daughter revealed a terrible secret: Marlowe’s ex-husband — the girl’s stepfather — had sexually abused her for years. The man used fear to keep the girl quiet. If she told her mother, he told her, her mother would kill him and go to jail, and the …

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Lieutenant brings Stewards of Children to Police Dept.

Article by Emily Meeks with High Point Enterprise Jokes exchanged between comrades as the sign-in sheet passed around the room. But that tone changed the moment the video began. Officers dressed in their uniforms equipped with weaponry belts silenced their radios and watched intently as victims of childhood sexual abuse told their stories. These officers are part of a training the High Point Police Department has incorporated into its curriculum. From an awareness program targeted at parents and community members, Darkness to Light has transformed …

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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA: Strengthening the community through child sexual abuse prevention

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA strengthens the community in Orange County, North Carolina through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Serving more than 10,000 men, women, and children, regardless of age, income, or background, the Chapel Hill Y strives to nurture children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to deliver lasting change. THE CHALLENGE As an organization committed to child protection, the Chapel Hill Y learned about Darkness to Light after completing a risk audit. Several YMCA staffers attended a series of D2L workshops and returned home energized and excited to …

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Child abuse prevention program kicks off – High Point, North Carolina

Dana Bentley, left, and Kimberly Cousineau place their name badge on a board to show their support and commitment of becoming a Stewards of Children for the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. LAURA GREENE | HPE (13/0926) HIGH POINT — North Carolina Nonprofit leaders gathered in the fellowship hall of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church to be made aware of a silent epidemic in Guilford County. Child sexual abuse is the most expensive victim crime in the U.S., except for murder. Darkness …

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Patti Marlowe speaks about living a parent’s worst nightmare: Finding out her daughter had been sexually abused

JAMESTOWN, NC — Outside of a restaurant on a cold afternoon in December 2005, Patti Patti Marlowe learned a secret her daughter had kept from her, from everyone, for 10 years. The family — Marlowe’s new husband, stepchildren and her 16-year-old daughter — was at a restaurant after church. Marlowe’s daughter was urgent. “Mom, I have to tell you something.” They went to the bathroom to be alone. It wasn’t private enough. They went outside. What Marlowe’s daughter told her changed her forever. “My knees just …

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Training can help prevent child abuse

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 03:22 PM The Herald-Sun By Susan Gladin, guest columnist At this stage in my life I am not around children very often, and when I am with Helena, age 9, her mom is usually around too.  If you had asked me if I needed to participate in a workshop on child sexual abuse, I’d have said no.  But I participated recently through my association with the Redwoods Group and the Johnson Intern Program.  Now I realize someone like me can make …

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Motorcycle Org. in NC Teams With Local D2L – VIDEO

BACA teams up with the Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA.

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Local Firefighters in Chapel Hill, NC Learn Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Gigi Krachenfels Reporting CHAPEL HILL – Firefighters from the Chapel Hill Fire Department are now being trained in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Seventy members of the fire department attended the Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children Workshop, held by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. The workshop instructs participants how to recognize, respond, and prevent child sexual abuse. D2L Prevention Specialist Tricia Smar says working with the fire department was a great way to build awareness. “They’re focused on prevention, they’re focused on injury prevention and in turning intention …

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Break the Chain of Child Abuse

On March 23 more than 400 children and adults gathered at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center to “kick off” April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of the event was to focus the students’ and community members’ attention on the importance of reporting and preventing child abuse. This annual event culminated with the entire audience linking together paper chains around the auditorium. Led by NC Senator Wesley Meredith, the chain was torn apart symbolizing “breaking the chain of child abuse”. To read the full story click …

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