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We Can End Child Sexual Abuse

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:

Cindy Tew
Elizabeth Ralston, PhD
John G. Davis, Jr.
Samuel and Isabel Jewell
Stuart Christie
L. Russell Bennett
Stewart and Sylvia Birbrower
Kim Bealle

Noteworthy Accomplishments


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

Training Accomplishments

Darkness to Light recognized as a Model Program by the Office of Juvenile Justive and Delinquency Prevention
In 2013, Darkness to Light was recognized as a Model Program and Promising Practice by OJJDP.

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
Darkness to Light was recognized in a report released April 2003 called "Emerging Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect." The report stated, "Darkness to Light is a noteworthy public awareness and education campaign in that it shifts the responsibility of child sexual abuse prevention from children to adults. Utilizing common sense messages for adults and parents, the public service announcements and advertisements center around preventing situations from happening, recognizing signs and reacting responsibly. The initiative also follows up their media message by providing a hotline for information and referral to local resources, and is developing a training and education program for educators, the faith community, and physicians on recognizing and responding to signs of child sexual abuse."

Federal Grant from Health and Human Services Allows for Training of SC Department of Education
With the partnership of the South Carolina Department of Education and a federal grant from Health and Human Services, 20,000 educators were trained by Darkness to Light, making SC the first state to train teachers statewide.

Texas Teacher Training Initiative
Over 127,000 school personnel trained in the state of Texas as part of a statewide training initiative legislatively mandatated, and guided by the Texas Education Agency.

Georgia Teacher Training Initiative
799 teachers trained in Fayetteville County, Georgia, on May 28, 2014, setting a new single-day training record and becoming the first Metro Atlanta school system to train all staff in child sexual abuse prevention. 

Media Partnerships

Time Inc. & CNN
Time Inc. ran full page ads and CNN ran national PSAs for several awareness campaigns that spanned 2002-2008, including award-winning "Faces," "Too Many Children," "Uncle Al" and "Coach Sanders."

Lifetime Television / "Gracie's Choice"
Darkness to Light partnered with Lifetime Television on the issue of child sexual abuse. The lifetime original movie, Gracie's Choice, stars Anne Heche, Diane Ladd, and Kristen Bell. The movie originally aired in 2002.  "Gracie's Choice" on Amazon

TLC / "Breaking the Silence" 
Darkness to Light and RAINN partnered with TLC on a multi-platform child sexual abuse awareness campaign. The partnership launched with the release of "Breaking the Silence," a documentary that features five survivor stories and includes a Stewards of Children training session featuring the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™. Breaking the Silence on iTunes

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