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Educators Arrested for Failing to Report Abuse

Excerpt from WMBFNews.com DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A substitute teacher and staff member from Darlington High School were recently arrested for failing to report alleged abuse by a pastor who is accused of inappropriately touching a boy, according to Darlington Police Chief Danny Watson. Two days before the arrest of pastor Jamron Reames, a Darlington High School student went to 22-year-old Corey Wells and 24-year-old Brandon Johnson, according to a Darlington Police report. The victim said he went to Wells, a music appreciation teacher, who …

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Wesley’s Story

There comes a point in the life of a child sexual abuse victim when they are presented with a choice – to remain a victim or to cross over and become a survivor. One of the most important choices I made four years ago is to be a survivor, not a victim, and I have never looked back. As a child, my youth pastor was a family friend and colleague of my father. My parents trusted him to be our babysitter and take us on …

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Working together, we can protect children from sexual abuse

By David Repinski Darkness to Light has but one singular focus – to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Over the past 14 years, our programs have helped raise awareness of its prevalence, elevate visibility of its consequences, and provide education to adults on the steps they can take to recognize it and react responsibly. An estimated 74 million children in this country desperately need the support of the community of concerned citizens who can protect them and keep them safe from those who …

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College of Charleston students learn to prevent child sexual abuse

On Tuesday afternoon, D2L headquarters welcomed College of Charleston (CofC) students involved with the Charleston, South Carolina-based Communities In Schools (CIS). This organization provides a “nationally-acclaimed dropout prevention program that surrounds [high school] students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” CIS requires volunteers to take Stewards of Children training when coming on board. Stewards of Children takes a practical approach to prevention training, and is delivered in a conversational, real-world style — a method students can appreciate. Participants learn …

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Ready for Our Close-up: The Stewards of Children World Premiere

Theatre lights dimmed and popcorn bags crinkled quietly as over 230 people settled into their seats, preparing for the night’s premiere. Throughout the feature, moviegoers were riveted to the events on the screen, sometimes nodding, sometimes laughing, and sometimes crying. As the credits rolled, featured cast members appeared on the stage to a standing ovation from the audience. This may sound like the world premiere of a blockbuster hit, and for many in attendance, it was. On September 26, Darkness to Light (D2L) officially launched …

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Darkness to Light Honors Partners in Prevention

On Wednesday, representatives from 48 Charleston-area organizations attended a D2L-sponsored luncheon honoring them for their commitment to child sexual abuse prevention. As Partners in Prevention, these organizations make the commitment to provide Stewards of Children training to all employees and volunteers who interact with children, require comprehensive background checks for all new employees and volunteers, and implement protective policies that limit isolated, one-on-one situations. This year’s Distinguished Partner in Prevention distinction was awarded to The Citadel, which made the commitment to train not only staff …

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Child Abuse Prevention Month – Charleston, SC Activities

Beginning this weekend, residents of Charleston and the surrounding areas have two unique opportunities to participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 13, 27, and May 11, Darkness to Light and The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center will be offering free community trainings. Participants will learn about types of child abuse, what trauma is and how it affects children, and how to prevent, treat, and report incidents. Please see the attached flyer for details.         April 13 also kicks off …

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The Citadel and Darkness to Light join forces to combat child sexual abuse

College to be first in nation to adopt prevention training program for all employees and students  The Citadel today became the first college in the nation to announce its intentions to train every student, employee and campus resident in how to prevent child sexual abuse. In partnership with Darkness to Light, all Citadel employees, cadets and graduate and evening undergraduate students along with members of the Board of Visitors and campus residents 18 and older will receive training through the Stewards of Children program, which is …

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Prevention Month – The Busiest Week so Far!

We have made it to day 20 of our prevention month efforts, and we’re just ending our busiest week of the month. It was a crazy one filled with lots of exciting events, and moments of pride in our community for their dedication to ending child sexual abuse. Last week kicked off with our JTMM (Join the Movement Mondays) at Five Loaves and Mellow Mushroom in West Ashley. Both organizations had returned this year to our initiative and did an excellent job helping us spread the …

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South Carolina Partner in Prevention Honorees Listed in Post & Courier

The Post & Courier made us very happy today! They covered our local Partner in Prevention luncheon on Tuesday and reported on it with a wonderful piece listing all of the great receipients. Please check out the article and read about all of the fantastic organizations who where recognized on Tuesday. Pictures from the event will be posted tomorrow!  

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