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Facilitator Newsletter - December 2012

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FACILITATOR UPDATE DECEMBER 2012

Happy Holidays Facilitators!

Hard to believe summer is long gone and the holidays are right around the corner. What a year it has been. We have all seen some much needed light shed on CSA prevention and we have enjoyed seeing and reading about your efforts in the news all around the country.  We are so proud of all the hard work you have been doing throughout your communities.  A big THANKS to all of you for all you do!

All of us here at D2L are wishing you and yours a very joyous and splendid holiday and a very happy new year! 

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Very Special Recognition

We would like to give special recognition to those facilitators who have trained over 1,000 adults in Stewards of Children.  These facilitators have achieved a tremendous milestone and we congratulate them for this amazing accomplishment. The impact of these efforts is immeasurable in terms of children better protected!  You rock!  Each of these facilitators will receive a special certificate and pin for their notable accomplishment.  A very special shout out to Denise Jenkins who has trained over 6,000 people!  Wow! 

Denise Jenkins, OH (6,048)
Katy Tomlinson, TX (3,332)
Martha Tumblin, SC (2,695)
Carol Drake, TN (2,695)
Kim Rocha, TX (2,047)
Rabbi Diana Gerson, NY (1,821)
Tiffany Sawyer, GA (1,717)
Patty Lovett, TN (1,708)

Kellie Turner, DE (1,624)
Adrienne Opdyke, NC (1,469)
Gail Tierney, WA (1,419)
Jaime Thompson, KY (1,349)
Cameron Frantz, PA (1,328)
Mark Mitchell, SC (1,180)
Steve Collins, GA (1,125)
Tony Calcia, MA (1,067)

Kim Cunninghis, GA (1,060)
Cindy Brown, LA (1,059)
Nikki Mowbry, DE (1,042)
Jeanne Newland, SC (1,040)
Christina Bailey, WV (1,031)
Mariana Milo, MI (1,028)


Child Sexual Abuse Declining Rates & Prevalence - What you Need to Know

There has been much discussion recently around the accuracy of the statistic of 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys given the well documented reports of a decline in child sexual abuse.  In response to the ongoing debate about the decline, David Finkelhor and Lisa Jones have put together a bulletin, Have Sexual Abuse and Physical Abuse Declined Since the 1990s?  Please check it out for a detailed explanation of the data sources and results as it does a far better job than we can do here.  There seems to now be acceptance as to the validity of the data and that the decline is real and that should be encouraging to all of us.  Of course everyone also agrees that there is still much work to be done.  

So the remaining question is if it's not 1 in 4 and 1 in 6, what is the actual prevalence?  The reality is that we don't know actual prevalence.  There is not one definitive study or cluster of studies that point to a prevalence rate.  Different studies use different methodologies and therefore have different rates.  It is important that before we arrive at any reasonable conclusion about a new prevalence rate, that there is agreement from the key leaders in the field of child sexual abuse.  After the first of the year, we will be convening this group to discuss and ultimately adopt a rate that everyone feels comfortable with in light of all of the evidence.  We then hope to issue a joint statement that will ensure credibility with the public and the media.  It's going to take some strategic planning to get everyone to move away from 1 in 4 and 1 in 6 which is as you know is pretty firmly entrenched.  

What do you need to know as a facilitator?  First, once a new prevalence rate is adopted, we will update our statistics page on our web site and issue an addendum sheet for the Stewards of Children workbook.  Work on a new version of Stewards is underway and is projected to be completed in late summer.  Lots of information about this new version will be forthcoming next year.  In the meantime, if you are asked about statistics when facilitating, it is best to acknowledge that 1 in 4, 1 in 6 is going to be adjusted in the coming months based on several studies that support a decline in CSA rates.  Explain that this is good news and that it means efforts at increasing awareness and education is working.  But there's much work to be done.  Far too many children are still being harmed.  Even if it's 1 in 8, or 1 in 10 or 1 in 12, it's too many.  That's why the work we are doing here today together in this training is critical to protecting more children. 

Some Last Minute Stuff

  • The D2L office is closed for the holidays on December, 24th, December 25th, December 26th and January 1st.  Please plan according if you have an end of year order that needs to be placed.
  • We are sad to inform you that Haley, whom many of you have had the pleasure of working with, is leaving D2L at the end of the year to embark on new adventures in Boston.  Please join me in wishing Haley well on her new endeavors and a daring move up north in January!  We are looking for her replacement and will let you know when the position is filled. 
  • The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy has issued a Call for Presentations for their annual Facilitator Conference in 2013.  Submissions are due by January 25th.
  • We will be having a Prevent Now Workshop in Charleston on February 8th, 2013.  This workshop is only held a few times a year so now is the time to sign up.  Space is limited.  Read more about Prevent Now and how it can help you implement new prevention strategies to increase your impact.

 

The most important gift
you can make this holiday season
is one that protects
the innocence of a child.

Don't let child sexual abuse
shatter precious young lives.
It doesn't have to...

Join us as we work
a safer place for children.

Wishing you and yours
a Holiday filled with
Joy and Light!

 

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