Tag Archives: Stewards of Children

HAMILTON: Working to end child sex abuse

Excerpt from CentralJersey.com About one in 10 youths will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, meaning 400,000 children born in the United States this year will become victims unless something is done to stop it, according to statistics compiled by Darkness to Light. The Hamilton Area YMCA strongly believes that if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped and that through awareness and education, adults can protect children. Taking a proactive role to help keep kids safe from sexual abuse, the …

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Adults should learn the signs of child sexual abuse

Excerpt from Tucson.com What’s being done to teach children to avoid sexual abuse, you ask? “Preventing child sexual abuse is a job for adults,” responds Debbie Rich, the chief executive officer of the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona. Period. She’s emphatic: Our job, not the children’s. And that’s why the Girl Scouts is partnering with the YMCA of Southern Arizona to offer a two-hour online class that any adult can take to learn how to prevent sexual abuse of children, how to identify it if …

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Protecting Children with Autism from Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from article in The Tennessean. It’s a taboo that parents at the Brown Center for Autism don’t want to talk about. Their children, and all kids with developmental disabilities, are four times more likely to be sexually abused than their peers. That’s especially scary for parents of children who cannot speak. Protecting those children is the idea behind a training program gathering momentum in Nashville — an approach that Juli Liske, founder of the Brown Center, thinks holds great promise for guarding against the …

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Lieutenant brings Stewards of Children to Police Dept.

Article by Emily Meeks with High Point Enterprise Jokes exchanged between comrades as the sign-in sheet passed around the room. But that tone changed the moment the video began. Officers dressed in their uniforms equipped with weaponry belts silenced their radios and watched intently as victims of childhood sexual abuse told their stories. These officers are part of a training the High Point Police Department has incorporated into its curriculum. From an awareness program targeted at parents and community members, Darkness to Light has transformed …

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Texas Schools Required to Provide Abuse Prevention and Response Training for All Employees

According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), in compliance with recent Texas legislation, district and charter schools within the state are required to provide all employees with prevention and recognition training concerning child sexual abuse and other forms of child maltreatment. Statistics for child sexual abuse are staggering. In the United States alone, 400,000 children born this year will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Studies show that school personnel identify 52 percent of child abuse cases classified as causing harm to the …

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$10K grant fuels fight against sexual abuse of children

Excerpt from The Newport Daily News The Newport County YMCA in Rhode Island is providing training for its staff and members of the community. “The image of a bogeyman driving a white van with no windows can be a reality, but in many cases, it’s someone that you know and trust who is doing this.” – Sara Meirowitz, Newport County YMCA development director “Statistics show that in the United States, one out of every 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse by the …

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Remembering Stewart Birbrower

Darkness to Light mourns the loss of Stewart Birbrower, well known as one of the finest minds in creative advertising, and a strong believer in the power of prevention education. Stew passed away on June 14 at the age of 78, and is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 55 years. In 2000-2001, Stew donated significant time and talent to write, produce, and direct the first Darkness to Light advertising commercials. These ads, “Faces” and “Swings,” went on to win gold and silver Telly Awards, …

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Big Ten schools use bowl revenues to support children

By Jessica Buterbaugh for Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the second consecutive year, Big Ten Conference officials have approved the equal distribution of what would have been Penn State’s share of football bowl game revenues to 2013-14 Big Ten member universities. The 12 schools, including Penn State, must distribute the funds to child-focused organizations in their local communities as they deem appropriate. Last year, Penn State worked with the Centre County United Way (CCUW) to determine where these funds were most needed. …

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“Grieve for that Child” – A community rallies against child sexual abuse

Source: Sean Kirst with Syracuse.com Administrators at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center called Jennifer Nadler a few days ago. They asked if she could be at their East Genesee Street headquarters at 10 this morning, when they announce a historic collaboration to confront the sexual abuse of children in our community. At McMahon/Ryan, they’d heard of Nadler, 36. She is a survivor who chooses to speak out. This month, she gave two community presentations based on the same ideals as a new “Darkness to Light” …

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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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