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Jenna’s Story – Pure In Heart

The following is an excerpt from the new book, Pure In Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing Jenna’s Law, by Jenna Quinn. In the passage, Jenna talks about the painful realization when she and her mother first learned about the warning signs of child sexual abuse at the hospital where Jenna received her sexual assault nurse examination. Jenna’s book addresses how we can prevent and protect children from the devastating effects of child sexual abuse. Jenna’s book is now available on Amazon.  As …

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A Childhood Fractured – Allen and Derek’s Stories

Darkness to Light shares survivor stories in the hopes of highlighting the ways that survivors are healing from their abuse and helping others. Derek Hopkins and Allen Vandever are both Chicago area artists who interpret their worlds through their work. In the case of these friends and collaborators, that includes a shared history of child sexual abuse. The two have undertaken their project, “A Childhood Fractured,” with the hope of bringing attention to child sexual abuse. The project consists of a series of paintings by …

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Finding Beauty in the Broken – Clarissa’s Story

Darkness to Light shares survivor stories in the hopes of highlighting the ways that survivors are healing from their abuse and helping others. Clarissa Carpenter helps survivors of child sexual abuse through her work with The Younique Foundation, an organization that provides retreats for women where they learn skills that can help them find individual healing. She’s also a survivor of child sexual abuse herself, which gives her the valuable ability to empathize with the women she helps. During retreats, Clarissa leads art therapy groups using …

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Summoning Courage: Kandra Albury’s Story

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Kandra Albury found the courage within herself to speak out against the abuse and ultimately encourage children to do the same. Recently Darkness to Light had the opportunity to speak with Kandra and learn more about her “courageous” endeavors. D2L: Why did you get involved in child sexual abuse prevention? Kandra: I was sexually abused between the ages of five and seven by people close to my family. I was a mute as a child; I was afraid …

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My Healing Journey Following Child Sexual Abuse

Dave Moody is one of the survivors featured in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training. In the video below and the blog post that follows, Dave shares in his own words his survivor story and his journey to healing.  My story is one that you might have heard before. Born and raised in a loving household, I was sexually abused by my babysitter. Unable to tell my parents, I carried this experience into adulthood. Still, I got married, had two children, raised them …

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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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Introducing: Darkness to Light’s Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience

Darkness to Light is proud to unveil, Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience. Survivor Stories features all 8 survivors from Stewards of Children, sharing their personal experiences. Each unique story provides a deeper look at how these survivors portrays the message of hope and resilience. Guerry Glover “Abuse happens..It can unravel and cause lots of damage, or you can stop it, interrupt it, and limit the collateral damage.” Click here to watch Guerry’s story. Margaret Hoelzer “The worst thing that sexual abuse does to people is …

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