August 22, 2019
Beyond Stranger Danger

In the 1980s, the American Medical Association distributed a widely viewed public safety announcement encouraging parents to teach their children about “Stranger Danger.” In the 30-second clip, a man drives up to a young girl on her way to school. He begins a conversation with her and she responds, because her parents have “taught [their] …

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August 16, 2019
Back to School: Classroom Safety

It’s that time of year again – back to school! Back to a daily routine, including morning carpool and extracurricular afterschool activities. Educators partner with parents to help teach kids the skills they need to succeed and prepare your child for the future. This includes caring for, supervising, and ultimately protecting students in their care. …

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July 26, 2019
In a Bind? Tips for Minimizing Opportuni ...

Sometimes, it happens. You need someone to watch your kids but none of your regular babysitters are available. You’re desperate—you must hire a sitter you’ve never met. What do you do when you don’t know the person watching your kids? Of course, best practice suggests that you prescreen your childcare providers, check references, and hold …

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July 18, 2019
That's a Wrap - Fiscal Year 2019!

As our fiscal year comes to an end, we want to take a moment to look back on what YOU have helped Darkness to Light accomplish – primarily, that more children than ever are safe because of your support. In partnership with thousands of volunteers worldwide, more than 1.7 million adults have been trained to prevent, recognize, …

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June 21, 2019
Darkness to Light Announces Ignite 2019

Darkness to Light announces third annual child abuse prevention conference. Darkness to Light announces its third annual national child sexual abuse prevention conference, Ignite 2019, October 8-9 in Boston, MA.  The conference brings together sexual abuse prevention leaders from across the country around the common goal of making communities safer for children. Marci Hamilton, the Founder, CEO, and …

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June 18, 2019
Darkness to Light Partners with Monique ...

Darkness to Light partners with Monique Burr Foundation for Children to launch Prevent 360°, a comprehensive approach to prevent child abuse. Two of the nation’s leading advocates for the prevention of child abuse and bullying announced a partnership today called Prevent 360°. Protecting children from sexual abuse and other types of victimization requires a 360° …

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June 3, 2019
Tips for Safer Sleepovers

In many places school is out and kids’ summer activities are getting started – riding bikes all day, pool parties, sleepovers, and summer camps. You make sure your kids are prepared with helmets and swim lessons, but have you thought about how to prepare them to be away safely overnight and have safer sleepovers? Sleepovers …

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May 10, 2019
At the Heart of Gold

Featuring brave testimonials from athletes at the center of the story, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal reveals a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything else, including protecting young female athletes.  At the Heart of Gold, a powerful documentary directed by Erin Lee Carr, documents the failings of the organizations …

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May 3, 2019
Erika's Everyday Courage

As adults, there are small things we can do everyday to protect children. This starts with the courage to stand up for children if we see they are uncomfortable. Even if it’s something as small as someone else forcing your child to hug, it’s OK to empower children to say “no.” This simple act teaches …

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April 23, 2019
Jessica's Everyday Courage

In the past year, people with millions of followers have made their voices heard, large groups have come together to march for survivors, and media organizations have taken on the topic of child sexual abuse. It’s easy to think those voices matter most because of their large platforms, but your voice matters just as much. …

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April 16, 2019
Chris' Everyday Courage

Meet Chris. Even though he doesn’t work with kids directly, Chris still uses his platform to support prevention. He’s a restauranteur, an active community member, and a parent. He understands that he is uniquely positioned to help spread awareness about child sexual abuse in the community and to give back through his restaurant. Watch Chris’ …

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April 8, 2019
Melissa's Everyday Courage

Acts of everyday courage that have the power to protect children look different for each of us. What if you’re not a parent? What if you don’t work in a youth serving setting? How can you help protect children? Melissa is a college student at Michigan State University, where the campus has been rocked by …

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April 2, 2019
Emily's Everyday Courage

We are inspired by everyday courage of individuals who, just like you, act to protect children. Recently, we heard a story that reminded us of how powerful this courage can be and of the impact it carries. Emily had just turned sixteen. She was excited to finally become a camp counselor in her community and …

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March 20, 2019
Fostering Children Who are Victims of Ab ...

Giving Unconditional Love to a Child who has Been Abused The number of children in foster care has increased for the fourth year in a row, with a report by the Administration for Children and Families showing that around 437,5000 children were in foster care by the end of the 2016 fiscal year. If you are a …

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February 4, 2019
Darkness to Light Announces More Than 1. ...

Darkness to Light announces more than 1.7 million adults trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light has announced that the organization has trained more than 1.7 million adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse in partnership with thousands of volunteers worldwide. The trainings used to reach this milestone consist …

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January 29, 2019
Trafficking: Victimology & the Judicial ...

When looking at human trafficking cases, law enforcement, judges, and the judicial branch must have a trauma-informed methodology. This is part two of our blog series on understanding human trafficking. If you missed part one, read it here. For some expert advice on how law enforcement investigates trafficking and the importance of trauma-informed education catered …

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January 25, 2019
Trafficking: Investigation & Prosecution

Human trafficking victims, including child sex trafficking victims, often don’t self-identify. If they don’t self-identify, how are law enforcement, judges, juries, and community members going to know they need help? Why wouldn’t someone being trafficked ask for help? Traffickers groom their victims and are master psychological manipulators making this crime very difficult for anyone to …

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January 18, 2019
Doors to Freedom

Child sex trafficking is a subject that requires creative solutions. Research tell us that as many as 360,000 children in the United States alone are at risk of being trafficked or sexually exploited each year. 1 As trafficking continues to affect children, both in the US and across the globe, it is vital that communities …

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January 4, 2019
Child Trafficking

Human trafficking affects the most vulnerable in our society: children. No matter where you live, chances are child exploitation and child sex trafficking is happening nearby. Sex trafficking, a type of human trafficking, is when someone is traded for the purpose of sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation. The International Labour Organization estimates that there …

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December 17, 2018
8 Cute Santa Photo Ideas

Are your Kids Scared to Sit with Santa? Here are 8 Cute Alternatives. During December, our social media feeds are filled with holiday photos, featuring everything from family members sharing their Christmas card photos to friends’ kids taking their annual photo with Santa. Getting that photo can be a little tougher than you thought if …

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