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Presidents, Pastors, Principals and Superintendents – Wake Up!

Amidst all of the political shenanigans, world coming-to-an-end drama and heart-wrenching tragedy of the last few months, some may have missed that charges of perjury, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children were filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. This should make leaders of all child-serving organizations do more than just pause. This is a wake-up call to those in leadership positions that protecting children, as my dear colleague, Retired Lt. Bill Walsh likes to say “is not a spectator sport.” Much will be …

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Together we are one – moving forward in Centre County

We support a new effort launched by the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County in response to the NCAA sanctions levied on Penn State — provided the whole message is communicated and embraced. Posters are popping up around the county, each bearing the open-ended phrase “Together we are one — moving forward.” The campaign plays off the traditional Beaver Stadium cheer: “We are … Penn State.” It also proclaims that as members of this community we should work together to respond to our …

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Penn State Walk for Prevention

We’re excited to announce the Penn State Walk for Prevention! One month ago, we were contacted by some compassionate students at PSU who wanted to make a difference in their community. Having been shocked and saddened by the situation at Penn State (a school they loved), these students were resolved to turn this terrible reality into an opportunity to work towards a more positive future. These students wanted to show that Penn State still had a strong heartbeat, and they wanted to show off the …

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Town of State College, PA Teams With Darkness to Light

“As part of our commitment, every State College Borough employee is receiving training through the Stewards of Children – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training program, a nationally available program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behavior. This training is also being offered free of charge to all residents through online and in-class trainings. To find out more about Stewards of Children, contact Cameron Frantz at (814) 237-7717 or email cfrantz@ymcaofcentrecounty.org.” – State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham Read more here.

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State College – It’s time to become more aware!

STATE COLLEGE — It’s time to become more aware, Centre County. On the heels of the Freeh report, advocates for children say it’s clear that a change needs to take place. According to Cameron Frantz, director of community outreach for the Centre County YMCA, people need to start talking — now. “Child sex abuse is such a taboo topic,” Frantz said. “But it’s an epidemic. By the time children are 18, one in four boys will be abused and one in six girls will be …

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Talking to Kids About the Sandusky Trial

The news coverage of the child sexual abuse case involving Jerry Sandusky and Penn State is a great door-opener for parents and caregivers to talk with kids about sexual abuse. If your child or teen has seen some of the news coverage, it can be an opportunity to gently ask your child how much they know about sexual abuse. Asking questions in a conversational and genuine way can help you know where the gaps are in your child’s understanding and knowledge. It will also give …

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Sandusky Trial: Letters to the Editor

Dear Darkness to Light Supporters, As some of you may know, the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach at Penn State, is scheduled to begin on June 5th.  We hear from our friends at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) that the media are already there in force waiting for this next stage. We want to change the dialogue AND WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Prevention Committee of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the NSVRC have been working together to …

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Chamber aims to prevent child abuse

Area professionals learned this week how to help a sexually-abused child as a county agency shed light on the subject. Blair County (PA) Chamber of Commerce’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals program hosted the “Stewards of Children, Darkness 2 Light” child abuse training at the Devorris Downtown Center. The Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center trained 90 people, said Jessica Meck, the chamber’s membership services and development vice president. The program has been offered since 1997, Joddie Walker, the center’s executive director, said. The nationally-recognized …

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Childhood Dreams Donates Funds to D2L

Recently we blogged about an amazing song that was written by a group of Penn State students and alumni in the wake of Penn State’s sexual abuse case. The song itself was dedicated to the victims in hopes that it may bring healing and comfort to them. The writer of the song, Joe Conrad has recently agreed to donate the funds to us here at Darkness to Light to further our prevention efforts. Often times in the wake of something horrible it is hard to …

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Penn State students write song for young sex abuse victims

Penn State students & alumni wrote a very powerful and moving song for the young sex abuse victims.  To read about the song writers and learn more about their goals in writing the song please click here. To listen to the song and watch the moving music video click here. Lyrics: “Innocent community. So naive. Standing firm in your beliefs, and your perfect dreams. Then one day it fell apart and sent you flying through the darkness. You were broken-hearted. Heroes falling from our skies amidst …

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