Tag Archives: North Carolina

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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Couple travels the state to increase awareness

It’s a painful secret carried by millions of people, but one Surf City, NC couple, Patricia & Edwin Boelte have commited to break the silence in their community.  Patricia and Edwin travel throughout the state giving presentations and holding workshops to bring awareness to the problem of child sexual abuse.  To read more please click here.  

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Coaches Awareness Seminar in Charlotte, NC

Coach Al Simpson, head of the Charlotte Boxing Academy at Revolution Sports Academy, and an assistant with USA Boxing has organized a Coaches Awareness Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. All local professionals and coaches are invited. Want to go? What: Coaches Awareness Seminar to prevent childhood sexual abuse. When: March 24, 2012 Where: Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. Registration 8:30-9 a.m.; program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Details: Al Simpson, 704-432-4963. Click here to read the full article on the “Coaches Awareness Seminar to Prevent …

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Asheville, NC Citizen’s Police Academy Taking on Prevention

Thirty three trainees of the Asheville Citizen’s Police Academy participated with great interest, sobriety and enthusiasm in the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training this week. “It was quite possibly the most lively and interactive Stewards training I’ve conducted” said Facilitator Paula Sellars. Paula shared with us her observations from the session this week – “One particularly exciting and inspiring participant, a 17 year old young man named James, shared with the group that this very evening he was going home to talk with …

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