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Summer Programs and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Prevention can’t take a summer break. Recently, D2L had the privilege of meeting with educators, youth workers, and child advocacy center staff members in the Beaumont region of Texas. This area has a thriving child sexual abuse prevention initiative, and everyone we spoke with had a unique perspective on why prevention is important for parents and anyone who works with children. Julie Prudhome, one of the fantastic staff members of the Garth House, Mickey Mehaffy Children’s Advocacy Program, gave great advice on the particular need …

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The Hallway of Healing

By Ellen Magnis It’s hard to believe that it is April again, the time when those of us who live in the world of child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment put out our rallying cries in a louder voice perhaps than at any other time of year. It is our soapbox time, our time to signal to our communities to wake up, to pay attention, to learn more, to become empowered with knowledge about our cause. The statistics and stories remain daunting in our world. Those of us who are part of …

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Man asks to urinate on young boy in McDonald’s restroom

Excerpt from abc13.com CITY OF MONTGOMERY, TX (KTRK) — Detectives with the City of Montgomery are investigating a bizarre encounter in a McDonald’s bathroom that traumatized a little boy. For the May family, a quick stop for dinner on a busy school night turned into quite the wake up call. “Although I completely believed my son and every word he said, it still didn’t feel real in that moment,” Diane Stoebner-May said. It started with a trip to the bathroom. Christopher is nine years old …

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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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We must help teens understand the seriousness of child sexual abuse

Excerpt from THINKPROGRESS In an incident making national headlines, a 16-year-old girl from Texas says that photos of her unconscious body went viral online after she was drugged and raped at a party with her fellow high schoolers. But the victim isn’t backing down. She’s speaking out about what happened to her, telling her story to local press and asking to be identified as Jada. After other teens started mocking her online — sharing images of themselves splayed out on the floor in the same …

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Bringing children from darkness to light

Original article by: Joseph Hamrick, The Commerce Journal Commerce, TX — One out of every 10 children in the United States are sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18, according to researchers from Darkness to Light. County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench said he wants that to end. Bench spoke before the Retired Teachers Club inside the Alumni Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce about his partnership with Darkness to Light, an organization that equips citizens with tools to spot and prevent child …

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Reporting Failure Leads to Criminal Prosecution

Last week, charges were filed against a Texas teacher and several administrators in response to a disclosure of child sexual abuse. Article written by Ericka Mellon and Cindy George of the Houston Chronicle, and posted on Nov. 21. Read the entire article here. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Friday that a warrant had been issued for the Sharpstown High School teacher accused of sexual contact with at least three students on campus. The case led to charges against the Sharpstown principal and two …

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The Perfect Size to Protect Children

I grew up in a small Southeast Texas city of 11,000 people. For most of my life, I attended services at Pine Forest Baptist Church, the church my great-grandmother helped found and where three generations of my family were married. I now reside in South Carolina, but when I return home, I make sure my trip includes a Sunday so that I can visit my family church and see childhood friends along with church members who’ve known me since I was born. One of my …

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Presidents, Pastors, Principals and Superintendents – Wake Up!

Amidst all of the political shenanigans, world coming-to-an-end drama and heart-wrenching tragedy of the last few months, some may have missed that charges of perjury, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children were filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. This should make leaders of all child-serving organizations do more than just pause. This is a wake-up call to those in leadership positions that protecting children, as my dear colleague, Retired Lt. Bill Walsh likes to say “is not a spectator sport.” Much will be …

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Greenville, Texas Mayor Steve Reid, Presented a Proclamation to a Darkness to Light Facilitator

Brad Kellar / Herald-Banner Greenville Mayor Steve Reid, left, presented a proclamation during Tuesday’s City Council meeting to Cher Perry, court reporter for Hunt County Court-At-Law No. 1, and County Court-At-Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench with the Darkness to Light program, which seeks to protect children from sexual abuse by encouraging awareness and providing training; and by urging adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. City Proclamation Greenville Texas

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