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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July 27, 2016
The Factor of the Matter: Providing Supp ...

We recently made a mistake, and we want to make good on it. On the Darkness to Light Facebook page, we offer awareness-building statistics on “Fact Fridays.” We usually post them as stand-alone facts that grab attention and give some quick education. This was our post a few weeks ago: Children living without either parent …

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July 19, 2016
Healing Through Art: Jenna Rose Simon's ...

Jenna Rose Simon had been drawing for years before one of her pieces went viral on social media. Ever since, she has been sharing her gift with the world via her online platforms. Her art, which began as a way to find her voice as a survivor of abuse, subsequently gave a voice to other …

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July 12, 2016
Three Touchstones for Healthy Hugging

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.  Nothing feels more natural than to hug the ones we love. Especially children. And hugs are healthy physically and emotionally, for the giver and the receiver. Think …

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June 28, 2016
8 Questions For Safer Summer Sleepovers

                Several of us at Darkness to Light have kids and lately we’ve been talking a lot about sleepovers. It’s summer so just about every week sleepovers and slumber parties are on the list of possible activities. Some in the child sexual abuse prevention field would say that …

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June 15, 2016
Active Bystanding in Families: How To Ap ...

  Without safety, without happiness, without trust, without love, ‘family’ is but a shell. Last week we talked about active bystanding in families and the uncertainty it can create. We explored the prospect of what we may have to lose when we confront child sexual abuse or boundary violations in a family and why on earth …

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June 10, 2016
Holding a "Breaking the Silence" Screeni ...

“It was the easiest thing to do. It’s a natural way to introduce not only the issue of child sexual abuse to the community, but Stewards of Children® and Darkness to Light too.” Tracy Leonard, SCAN of Northern Virginia Tracy Leonard of SCAN shared with Darkness to Light about the successful screenings of Breaking the …

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June 8, 2016
Active Bystanding In Families

There comes a time in your growth when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom and love, it’s the right choice. Angeles Arrien, Cultural Anthropologist Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been discussing Active Bystanding, and we’ve framed …

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June 1, 2016
Storybooth Shares Dee's Story of Sexual ...

If you don’t have time to read this entire post, just click the video link and start watching. Trust us. You don’t want to miss this powerful video. This compelling animation is a true child sexual abuse survivor story from an 11 year old named Dee. Dee was fortunate that when she told a trusted …

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May 25, 2016
Active Bystanding: It's a Jungle Out The ...

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. Last week we explored Greta’s story as a great example of Bystander Prevention. We said that Bystander Prevention is getting way out ahead of any harm to …

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May 18, 2016
Active Bystanding: It’s a Jungle Out T ...

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. The team at Darkness to Light has been having a lot of conversation recently about what it is to be an engaged bystander. We’ve really gotten into …

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May 10, 2016
Portrait of a Perpetrator

What does a person who sexually abuses children look like? We hear all the time, “I would be able to tell if he was a child molester.” The reality is that you can’t. Most child molesters aren’t creepy men in vans. They aren’t hardened criminals. They aren’t from one race, gender, or sexual orientation. Those who …

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May 6, 2016
Darkness to Light Announces New Initiati ...

Sets a goal of training 5% of Delaware’s adults to serve as proof of concept for nation Washington, D.C. (May 6, 2016)— Darkness to Light (D2L), a leading organization in the fight to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, announced a partnership with the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. …

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May 4, 2016
Challenge Made Easy(er) with D2L

By Kate Nyquist, Education Services Manager, Center for Child Protection, Austin, TX “Could I please get a volunteer to stand up and tell us about your last sexual experience?” This is typically the way I grab the attention of those who aren’t yet willing to make eye contact with me during the difficult subject matter of child sexual …

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April 30, 2016
Talking to My Community: Insisting on Ch ...

By Erika Rowell, Program Support Manager, Darkness to Light  As a new mother, I was tasked with the responsibility of choosing a childcare provider for my son.  What a scary and overwhelming task this is for a parent! You’re choosing the people that will be spending 8 to 10 hours a day with your child. Going back …

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April 26, 2016
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: “Do’s ...

By Laura Landgraf, Author, Activist, and Speaker Nothing compares with the moments my children were born. My son offered his opinion of the process instantly with an indignant wail. I laughed in delight. My daughter, after being placed on my tummy, quietly contemplated me with her great big eyes. I melted in that gaze. I …

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April 25, 2016
Three Touchstones for Healthy Hugging

Nothing feels more natural than to hug the ones we love. Especially children. And hugs are healthy physically and emotionally, for the giver and the receiver. Think of the many contexts in which we may hug someone: To greet close friends and family As a goodbye To console and comfort Congratulating a job well done …

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