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Obligated to Protect: The Need for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Organizations

In late November, Penn State settled with six more victims of convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky, growing the university’s total payout to an astonishing $93 million. Penn State’s financial payments should serve notice, that as a nation we are overdue for a plan for child sexual abuse prevention in youth serving organizations, educational settings, and frankly everywhere our children live, learn, and play. Following Sandusky’s 2012 conviction, the media has prompted ongoing debate about the university’s response to the initial abuse allegations. Across the …

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Nearly 6,000 Adults Trained to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from StateCollege.com One in 10 children will suffer some form of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, according to Darkness to Light, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and educates on child sexual abuse. Using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training program, Centre County is fighting that statistic. By mid-August, 5,822 adults in Centre County ― or about 5 percent of the adult population ― went through the two-and-a-half-hour Stewards of Children preventative child sexual abuse training. Darkness to Light encourages …

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Reality Show Exposes the Reality of Child Sexual Abuse

The conversation on child sexual abuse needs to rise above the fray of individual scandals and focus on national prevention and accountability. From Josh Duggar to Dennis Hastert, we have seen a stream of high profile child sexual abuse cases in the news lately. At Darkness to Light, we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg – that child sexual abuse is occurring every day in communities across the nation. The majority of abuse cases go unreported, and without proper intervention and care, …

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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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TODAY show interview with Dottie Sandusky was damaging and unnecessary

Yesterday, Dottie Sandusky appeared on the TODAY show along with filmmaker John Ziegler to share her perspective on her husband, Jerry Sandusky. Throughout the interview, Ms. Sandusky defended her husband’s innocence, questioned evidence and facts surrounding the case, and accused victims of being motivated by financial gain. Since Jerry Sandusky’s 2012 conviction, many people have speculated about what exactly Dottie knew. How could she so blindly support her husband in the face of so much evidence? The answer is this – we don’t know what …

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Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary says he was a victim of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article from ESPN here. A former assistant football coach and key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse crimes told his players during a November 2011 closed-door meeting that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy, sources told ESPN The Magazine. Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in …

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Sandusky “Victim 10” Speaks Out About Abuse

This week, ABC News Philadelphia shared the first public interview with “Victim 10” from the Sandusky trial, who settled his case against Penn State on Tuesday. The interview reveals an all too familiar pattern. Our Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training addresses issues such as grooming, one-on-one situations, secrets, and long-term effects. The importance of these topics is emphasized by Victim 10’s story, which unfortunately provides a textbook example of child sexual abuse. “Jerry Sandusky took an instant liking to me,” he said. “He …

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Dear TODAY Show – No one wants to hear from Jerry Sandusky

This morning, the “TODAY Show” released audio recordings from telephone interviews between the incarcerated Jerry Sandusky and filmmaker John Ziegler. Early in his appearance on the show, Ziegler asserted, “Jerry Sandusky already had his day in court.” And yet, this morning, the world was forced to listen to him once more – as he laughed about “sex” in the shower and discussed the validity of testimonies and due process. From the beginning, long before I came to Darkness to Light, the testimony of Jerry Sandusky …

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