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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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5% of Centre County Adults are Now Empowered to Protect Children

We at D2L congratulate Pennsylvania’s Centre County community for reaching a tipping point in prevention! By training five percent of the adult population in families, schools, and youth serving organizations like the YMCA with Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program, they are creating a new standard of safety. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a relatively small amount of people can effect change on a societal level. Darkness to Light encourages every community to educate five …

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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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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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Four school districts to participate in the Stewards of Children program

Article By Chip Minemyer Pennsylvania — The Stewards of Children program soon will take a giant leap toward the goal of educating 5,000 Centre County residents to recognize and report child abuse. Howard Long, president and CEO of the YMCA of Centre County, said four local school districts will train their entire staffs through the program during the 2013-14 school year. The YMCA is offering the training in collaboration with the county’s Youth Service Bureau, Women’s Resource Center and United Way office. The Bald Eagle …

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Dinner to benefit child sexual abuse prevention program

Three Penns Valley organizations are pitching in to help bring awareness to child sexual abuse. Progress Grange and the Centre Hall Lions Club and Women’s Club are hosting a turkey dinner on Saturday to benefit the Stewards of Children program. Launched by the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, the Youth Service Bureau, the United Way and the YMCA, the program is designed to educate community members and help them identify, report and prevent child sexual abuse, said LeDon Young, who is helping organize the dinner. …

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Stewards of Children holds training session for community

By Jamie Lee Miros Collegian Staff Writer Adults and professionals in the Centre County area set aside their busy schedules for a night to learn about important steps to help protect a child.Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Training was held at the Ramada Inn on South Atherton last night to a full turn out by local professionals and citizens.Facilitator Denise McCann led the two and half hour session, which included a three-part video series and group discussions. “The Stewards of Children training is designed for …

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