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5% of Centre County Adults are Now Empowered to Protect Children

We at D2L congratulate Pennsylvania’s Centre County community for reaching a tipping point in prevention! By training five percent of the adult population in families, schools, and youth serving organizations like the YMCA with Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program, they are creating a new standard of safety. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a relatively small amount of people can effect change on a societal level. Darkness to Light encourages every community to educate five …

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It’s Not About Football: Why the discussion around Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and Penn State needs to change

Last year, the documentary “Happy Valley” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. This award-winning film examines the abuse scandal at Penn State, the environment in which it happened, and the emotional aftermath felt by the community. Aside from offering a ground level view of the events and attitudes surrounding an event that shook the foundation of the Centre County community, the film offers a tremendous opportunity to talk openly about child sexual abuse. On April 16, Darkness to Light (D2L) and the Medical University of …

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Officers become the pupils through “Stewards of Children” training

Excerpt from wjactv.com STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Centre County agencies that help children are on a mission to train 5,800 adults on how to prevent child sexual abuse. The program is called The Stewards of Children, and on Monday, dozens of police officers were the pupils. The NCAA gave Centre County agencies $500,000 for this program. It’s been around for about two years, and once all of the local officers are trained, they’ll be close to their goal. “Fifty-eight hundred is the tipping point,” said …

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‘Happy Valley’ – One Story Among Millions

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to participate in a special screening of ‘Happy Valley’, a documentary about the aftermath of the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Matt Sandusky, who was also abused by his adoptive father, is an inspiring central figure in the film. Mike Tollin, Co-Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media (MSM) and founding member of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Foundation (PACE), facilitated a Q&A after the film that Matt Sandusky and I participated in. The documentary originally premiered at the Sundance film festival …

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Microsoft child pornography tip leads to arrest

Excerpt from PC & Tech Authority article. A Pennsylvania man has been charged with possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, following a tip-off from Microsoft. The suspect, named as 20-year-old Tyler James Hoffman, is alleged to have uploaded the offending photos to the company’s OneDrive cloud storage service via his Microsoft Live email account on his smartphone. According to the police report, which was filed with the Monroe County Court last week, Microsoft detected in April that an image of child abuse had …

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My Conversation with Matt Sandusky

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Sandusky about his Peaceful Hearts Foundation, and his efforts to use his story to help others. To him, his story is just “one of millions,” but to the rest of the world, he is one in a million. Along with many others across the nation, I watched Matt’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, and was impressed by his courage and grace. Like D2L, he believes that prevention is the key to significantly decreasing the prevalence of …

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Oprah lands first interview with Matt Sandusky, adopted son of Jerry Sandusky

Excerpt from Huffington Post article. Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father’s 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story. On Thursday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN, Matthew shares his in-depth personal account of the grooming and manipulation he faced as a child in the Sandusky home. Matthew had remained silent for years, even originally testifying …

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Sandusky appeals his conviction yet again

Every time we think that we’ve heard the last of Jerry Sandusky, another headline appears in the news. Last March, we were subjected to an unnecessary and offensive TODAY Show interview with Dottie Sandusky. And last week, we had to hear the news that Jerry Sandusky is pursuing yet another appeal of his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Each time we hear his name, we get angry all over again. Years later, the survivors, families, and entire community this man devastated are …

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Kane report sheds light on the need for child sexual abuse prevention

Edited excerpt from report by WJACTV It’s been a week since Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released her report on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation, and while it generated a lot of debate, one section of the report has gone virtually unnoticed. The section, 10 pages long, details recommendations on what law enforcement, human service agencies and others can do to better protect children against abuse. Andrea Boyles of the Centre County Youth Service Bureau has been on the front lines of child abuse …

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“The enemy of each and every child is silence.”

On May 12, Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein delivered a powerful, moving message at the University of Pennsylvania. He calls upon each of us to no longer remain silent, to speak out against abuse, and to ensure the children in our lives and communities are protected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nm1Bxs2ADQ

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