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Spotlight: Supporting Hispanic Survivors

Spotlight: Supporting Hispanic Survivors

This week we sat down with Rosa Beltré to discuss the nuances and best practices of supporting Hispanic survivors of child sexual abuse. Rosa serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, a state-wide coalition that advocates for comprehensive responses and rape crisis services for survivors and empowers communities to … Read More
Honest Conversations: Believing Survivors

Honest Conversations: Believing Survivors

In Honest Conversations episode 6, we sat down with three passionate advocates to discuss protecting Orthodox Jewish kids from abuse. Watch the full conversation below.  The issues facing the Jewish community aren’t unique—just watch our previous conversations about the stigmas and challenges in Hispanic and Black communities. It’s clear that community leadership is key when … Read More
A Survivor Becomes An Advocate – Sylvia’s Story

A Survivor Becomes An Advocate – Sylvia’s Story

I don’t talk about my story much. I guess it’s easier to suppress the feelings or forget about what happened years ago. I remember being a child in Guatemala, my birth country. My parents were working on migrating the family to the U.S. My father left several months before us. We lived in a large … Read More

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Turning outrage into action to prevent child sex abuse

Turning outrage into action to prevent child sex abuse

Roman Polanksi’s long-ago rape of a drugged 13-year-old finally lands him in jail. Jaycee Lee Duggard, imprisoned by a pedophile for more than a decade, is freed. Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper goes on trial. Mac-kenzie Phillips declares herself a victim of incest. Queen Latifah and Tom Arnold tell their stories of sexual abuse. Pat Conroy chronicles … Read More
Gearing Up For The Gala: Passage to India

Gearing Up For The Gala: Passage to India

Each November at Darkness to Light we have our “Circle of Light Gala.” The Circle of Light Gala is always an unforgettable evening of fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and breathtaking entertainment. This black tie affair takes place underneath the stars in Marion Square with Charleston’s premier chefs showing off their culinary talents. Best of all, … Read More
Thank You Susan Komen

Thank You Susan Komen

The window of “Cupcake.” King St. Charleston As I’m sure we’ve all seen, October is breast cancer awareness month. Traditionally, October evokes images of reds, golds and browns, but PINK is quickly becoming a major player in October’s color world and quite frankly, it’s WONDERFUL! In 1982, when Komen for the cure was founded, breast … Read More
As a fellow child rape victim, hearing Roman Polanski’s supporters brings the injustice of that incident flooding back

As a fellow child rape victim, hearing Roman Polanski’s supporters brings the injustice of that incident flooding back

There is a sense of outrage that cannot be quelled, that never goes away. It appears that Roman Polanski, the film-directing admitted child rapist, has become something of a martyr to some of the smartest and most creative people in the world. People from Pedro Almodovar to Jack Lang, the former Minister of Culture in … Read More