September 24, 2020
Spotlight: Advocating in Hispanic Commun ...

This week we chatted with Perla Freed, the Executive Director for the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, to discuss what advocating for sexual abuse prevention might look like in Hispanic communities. Perla is an expert in the development, implementation and oversight of policies and practices to create and sustain a safe environment for children. She …

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September 17, 2020
Spotlight: A Hispanic Perspective on Abu ...

As an immigrant and survivor, I know there is stigma that surrounds sexual abuse; the perspective in Hispanic communities is that we do not share our pain or talk about uncomfortable topics. Even now that I have disclosed what happened to me, I have always felt like the topic wants to be forgotten. In recent …

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September 3, 2020
Homeschooling and Keeping Kids Safe in t ...

As the fall season begins, school does too. Things are a little different this year – some schools will have much smaller class sizes, some will be holding classes on alternating days, some will teach totally virtual courses, some a hybrid of both, and some parents have opted to adapt to homeschooling (or a version …

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August 26, 2020
Honest Conversations: Abuse Safety in Bl ...

What does it look like to develop a culture of abuse safety in Black communities? That’s the question that Ashley Cook and Kevin McNeil worked to answer in our latest episode of Honest Conversations. Ashley and Kevin are survivors of child sexual abuse (and Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitators), and have firsthand experience navigating the …

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August 19, 2020
Adapting for Safety at the Doctor's Offi ...

As a result of COVID-19, we’ve all had to make some lifestyle changes. Businesses have had to adapt, too. There are lots of precautions that businesses, organizations, and doctor’s offices have taken to ensure safety from the virus, but sometimes those precautions don’t include child protection behaviors or abuse prevention. One key element of prevention …

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July 22, 2020
Daycare Abuse Statistics

Learn the facts and be prepared to help to raise awareness and prevent daycare abuse. At Darkness to Light, we are often asked about daycare abuse statistics. Daycare centers can be vital to working parents or parents who need help with child care. Kids start to learn important life skills including social skills at daycare. …

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July 16, 2020
Honest Conversations: Stigma and Child S ...

In this edition of “Honest Conversations,” our Director of Partnerships, Ashley Davis, spoke with advocate and facilitator Kevin McNeil about breaking the stigma around child sexual abuse in Black communities. Ashley and Kevin share a similar life experience: they both know what it’s like to experience sexual abuse in Black communities. They have experienced both …

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July 10, 2020
Reopening: Safe Summer Activities

Summer is almost halfway through (can you believe it?!) and your summertime fun has almost certainly looked different this year. How do you ensure your kids have a safe summer? You may have had to change your routine, planned activities, and maybe even your finances as a result of safety precautions. We’re all navigating this …

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July 1, 2020
Continued Momentum

As we set out to celebrate our 20th year, we could never have guessed the challenges we would face as an organization, a child protection community, and citizens of the world. Still, our momentum has only continued to grow as we strive toward our original vision: a world free of child sexual abuse. As we …

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June 26, 2020
Keep Kids Safe

Survivors of Child Abuse and National Leaders Call on Congress for COVID-19 Relief Bi-partisan support and funding can help protect children from abuse. June 25, 2020 – Child abuse advocates along with national, state, and local organizations ask Congress for at least $300 million in emergency funding to strengthen child safety and protection programs in …

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June 25, 2020
Announcing 1.95 Million Trained

In the 15 years since Stewards of Children® first launched, we have seen an incredible community response. Concerned adults around the world have taken up the call to action to protect children and prevent child sexual abuse. Today, we are happy to announce that we have trained 1.95 million adults and counting in child sexual …

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June 11, 2020
Reopening: Summer Camp Safety!

Every summer, kids look forward with excitement to camp, and some parents rely on the experiences so they can work while school is out. While COVID-19 is still a concern, it’s clear that summertime activities like camp will look a little different than usual. This year, some camps are not opening at all, while some …

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June 2, 2020
A Statement from the CEO: Justice & Huma ...

George Floyd and countless others in the black community have died unjust and heartbreaking deaths. For days I’ve tried to thoughtfully process how I wanted to address the Darkness to Light community at large – processing my grief, individually calling my team members to check in on their mental health and well-being, and gathering together as a team to discuss our course of action moving forward.  …

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May 28, 2020
Home Should Be Safe

She’s used to playing strong, no-nonsense characters. Now she’s lending that strength to the voices of others who may not be able to speak for themselves. Alysia Reiner is a familiar face, most notably as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. However, some of Alysia’s favorite roles are the ones she plays …

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May 6, 2020
Stress, Resiliency, and COVID-19

Let’s face it, we are all experiencing some level of chronic stress in the era of COVID-19, even our children. That stress could have long lasting effects on our mental and physical health. But it doesn’t have to. As an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor, I meet many parents who are trying to do their …

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April 27, 2020
Digital Safety Tips

According to the New York Times, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused in 2018 – more than double what they found the previous year. For parents, caregivers, and concerned citizens, headlines like this can be overwhelming and disheartening. How can this be the case? And how …

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April 26, 2020
Safe Online Learning: For Parents

With schools moving to digital learning, your kids may be spending more time online. Whether playing games, having classes, or socializing with friends, they are in front of a screen more than normal. So, how do you ensure they are staying safe online? Just like you would if your children were going to a friend’s …

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April 20, 2020
Protecting Children During a Crisis Reso ...

Protecting Children may look different, but it’s still possible. We’ve joined forces with our partners at the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, the JED Foundation, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF), and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to provide resources for …

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April 17, 2020
7 Body Safety Lessons to Learn from Disn ...

Have you ever noticed that kids seem to be experts at asking difficult questions? As the adult in their life, you want to be able to equip them to handle all of life’s curveballs… but some topics just seem to come out of left field. Using scenes from movies can be a great way to …

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