D2L Near You
View upcoming training,
events, and facilitators in your area.
We Can End Child Sexual Abuse
We believe that every child has the right to a happy, healthy, and safe childhood.
A Brief History
1997-2000: Advocates and the Lowcountry Children's Center hosted a seminal conference named "From Darkness to Light," highlighting the voice and resilience of adult survivors of child sexual abuse. This initial work laid the foundation for D2L.
2000: Anne Lee founded a Charleston-based nonprofit child sexual abuse prevention organization named Darkness to Light.
2000-2011: Anne Lee served as president and CEO of Darkness to Light. Under her leadership, the organization grew from a small one-woman nonprofit to a national force in child sexual abuse prevention.
2001: Darkness to Light added education to its mission. In 2002, 7 Steps to Protecting our Children: A Guide for Responsible Adults™ was published.
2001-2008: Darkness to Light developed and released an award-winning public awareness campaign, led by Young and Rubicam, which went national in 2002. Time Inc. ran full-page ads and CNN began running an aggressive public service campaign.
2005: The Stewards of Children program was released to parents, youth serving organizations, and communities across the nation and globe. In 2006, Stewards of Children Online was released in a web-based version.
2011-2015: Jolie Logan served as Darkness to Light’s President and CEO. Under Jolie’s leadership, Darkness to Light saw exponential growth in the volume and quality of distribution of the Stewards of Children program.
2013: A new version of Stewards of Children, updated to reflect current issues facing today's children and communities, was released. The online version of Stewards of Children also received a complete makeover. The 7 Steps to Protecting our Children was revised to become the 5 Steps to Protecting our Children: A Guide for Responsible Adults™.
2014: Darkness to Light worked with the Texas Education Agency to provide over 100,000 educators with the Stewards of Children program. This is the largest child sexual abuse training program ever undertaken.
2015: Darkness to Light has thousands of authorized facilitators who offer the program in all 50 states and 17 international locations.
2015: Board member Lyndon Haviland serves as Interim CEO. Under Lyndon's leadership, Darkness to Light raises further awareness, education, and advocacy through forging strong partnerships and expanding Stewards of Children to India. In August, the milestone of one million individuals trained is reached.Darkness to Light recognizes these extraordinary individuals that contributed to founding the organization:
Elizabeth Ralston, PhD
John G. Davis, Jr.
Isabel E. Jewell
L. Russell Bennett
Stewart and Sylvia Birbrower
2014 Telly Award for the Stewards of Children documentary video production
2014 recognition by the United Nations Foundation as a worldwide Top 5 Child Rights program
2013 Social Responsibility Champion Award from the New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs
2007 National Crime Prevention Council Crime Prevention Program of the Year
Darkness to Light recognized as a Model Program by the Office of Juvenile Justive and Delinquency Prevention
From their website: "The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. It is a resource for practitioners and communities about what works, what is promising, and what does not work in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and child protection and safety."
Darkness to Light Named as Noteworthy Public Awareness and Education Campaign by the Department of Health and Human Services
Federal Grant from Health and Human Services Allows for Training of SC Department of Education
Texas Teacher Training Initiative
Georgia Teacher Training Initiative
Time Inc. & CNN
Lifetime Television / "Gracie's Choice"
TLC / "Breaking the Silence"
Charity Navigator Profile