February 22, 2017
The National Children's Advocacy Center ...

The position paper below was originally published by the National Children’s Advocacy Center. It cites Darkness to Light’s prevalence research and calls for a new messaging that celebrates the strides that have been made and leverages that success to bolster future prevention efforts.  For many years, many child sexual abuse professionals including those within Children’s Advocacy Centers …

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February 16, 2017
Still Feeling - Miryam's Story

At a certain point in my life I realized that I was living in “the upside-down.” It was when I started to work out my past, that I developed this concept. Only recently I came up with the name, thanks to the Netflix series, Stranger Things. Early in my childhood, I was abused. I can …

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January 26, 2017
A Childhood Fractured - Allen and Derek' ...

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 …

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December 29, 2016
A Survivor Becomes An Advocate - Sylvia' ...

I don’t talk about my story much. I guess it’s easier to suppress the feelings or forget about what happened years ago. I remember being a child in Guatemala, my birth country. My parents were working on migrating the family to the U.S. My father left several months before us. We lived in a large …

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December 21, 2016
Believing that Prevention is Possible - ...

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I’m writing to you with a story of hope. Although I experienced the trauma of abuse as a child, I have seen the power to protect children when adults are trained in child sexual abuse prevention. My abuse first started when I was 5 years old by a …

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December 14, 2016
Finding Beauty in the Broken - Clarissa' ...

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. …

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December 12, 2016
National Health and Child Protection Adv ...

Darkness to Light is pleased to announce that two new members have been welcomed to their board of directors. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent hire of Katelyn Brewer as CEO. Anton Gunn and Gareth Hedges were nominated and voted onto the board for terms beginning in September 2016. The appointments demonstrate …

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November 10, 2016
Darkness to Light Welcomes Katelyn Brewe ...

Charleston, S.C. (November 9, 2016) — Darkness to Light Board Chair Jamie Tozzi today announced that Katelyn Brewer has joined the organization as CEO. Brewer brings invaluable experience including leadership roles in fundraising, operations, and the development of global initiatives. She has worked nationally and internationally in a variety of capacities, including partnerships with multinational …

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October 27, 2016
Jamie Tozzi Joins D2L Board of Directors

Charleston, S.C. – Oct. 27, 2015 – Darkness to Light (D2L), a leading organization in the fight to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, today announced the appointment of Jamie Tozzi of Charleston, SC to the organization’s Board of Directors. Tozzi has served in various leadership roles at Microsoft for the last 15 years, …

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October 26, 2016
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 …

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October 19, 2016
Why 1 in 10? A New Statistic For A New E ...

The statistic that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday is one of the most staggering statistics we have regarding the impact of child sexual abuse. This statistic is different than the widely accepted “1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys.” We are often asked, “Why are you …

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September 22, 2016
Personal Healing as a Public Project: Ig ...

As child sexual abuse survivors begin to stand up and speak out about their own experiences, they are filling the world with their perspectives. One of those survivors, Ignacio Rivera, hopes to not only share a personal experience with abuse, but amplify the voices of others. Through The HEAL Project, Rivera is giving survivors a …

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September 16, 2016
World Childhood Foundation, Ericsson & D ...

First-of-its-Kind Mobile Phone Application Empowers Adults with Tools to Prevent, Recognize & Respond to Child Sexual Abuse NEW YORK, September 16, 2016 —The World Childhood Foundation, founded by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, and non-profit Darkness to Light, both leading organizations working to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children, together with the telecommunications leader …

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September 15, 2016
Former U.S. Surgeon General and Executiv ...

Earlier this summer, Darkness to Light announced that their Board of Directors has welcomed two nationally recognized figures to the team, both whom have shown commitment to the public health and safety of children. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA and Patricia Dailey Lewis, Esq. were nominated and voted onto the Board for terms beginning July 1, …

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September 8, 2016
Facilitator Spotlight - CARE House

Here at Darkness to Light, we are constantly amazed by the tireless work and effort our facilitators and partners put forth in training their communities in Stewards of Children®. Everyday we hear training success stories and incredible feedback about the prevention efforts happening all around the country and the world! The CARE House in Dayton, Ohio is …

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August 30, 2016
Self-Efficacy: Allowing Children to Take ...

At Darkness to Light, we’re in the business of preparing adults to shelter children from sexual abuse. But daily we also remember and embrace that we exist under a much wider tent of child wellbeing, which takes so many forms: Physical wellbeing – like nutrition and fitness Social wellbeing – like community connectedness, social support, …

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August 24, 2016
Dropped and Dismissed: Seeking Justice a ...

Reporting child sexual abuse can be a monumental hurdle for survivors, but what happens once it’s reported? What happens when the victims come forward, but the justice system isn’t prepared or willing to do what needs to be done to prosecute perpetrators? Recently, Tennessee Watson shared her story, a story that many child sexual abuse victims …

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August 16, 2016
The Demographic Both Party Platforms Mis ...

This piece first appeared here and is reprinted with permission.  The wild ride of this year’s presidential election has left many looking for landmarks that will guide their choice for the next president. One place to figure out who stands for what lies in the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms. So I decided to explore how …

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August 11, 2016
Delaware Announces New Mandate for Child ...

The state of Delaware continues to be a leader in child sexual abuse prevention. The state has joined more than 25 states that require prevention and awareness training for school officials, teachers and parents. The legislation, which was signed on August 10th by Gov. Jack Markell, requires Delaware public schools to implement a curriculum to educate employees …

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August 9, 2016
The Relationship Between Pornography, Tr ...

As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below. I’ve been working in the field of child sexual abuse recovery and prevention for about 28 years. For reasons I don’t entirely understand, the subject of child …

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