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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs
1 out of 10 children you know will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems.
D2L understands that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why D2L exists – to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.
The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children is an introductory guide for responsible adults interested in the prevetion of child sexual abuse. The 5 Steps outline the Darkness to Light core principles for preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse and form the framework for our adult training program, Stewards of Children.
The only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors, targets parents, responsible adults and youth serving organizations (sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children’s clubs, church groups and more).
Imagine a community where adults are actively working together to change a cultural norm – from one where child sexual abuse is shrouded in fear and denial and children are easy targets to one where every child is better protected throughout the community. Now is the time for our communities to be intentional and steadfast in their protective behaviors, so that all children can grow up healthy and whole.
A distinction that youth serving organizations or businesses earn that indicates their committment to educate themselves on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. An organization receives the D2L Partner in Prevention distinction when they have successfully met the annual guidelines established by D2L.