April 5, 2016
The "What If?" Game: Confident, Competen ...

As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below.  When I was a child, my mom played a game with me that she called “Opposites.” This must have started when I was about three. Is that …

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March 21, 2016
Safe, Not Sterile: Showing Affection

As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below.  One of the best things about children, especially the little ones, is their openness and receptivity. Simply by their nature, children call forth our affection. Being in …

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March 20, 2016
Being a Hero and Talking About Child Sex ...

Spring is here and April is just around the corner. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Darkness to Light is working to encourage everyone to TALK about child sexual abuse. This TEDx Talk, by Jill Tolles, perfectly illustrates why TALKING ABOUT IT is something we ALL must do to protect children for sexual abuse. Watch …

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March 16, 2016
An Excerpt from Matt Sandusky's New Book ...

This following is an excerpt from the new book “Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse” by Matt Sandusky. In the passage and accompanying video, Matt talks about the grooming process he experienced and how we can protect children from grooming behaviors. To purchase the book, visit www.amazon.com. Grooming reminds me …

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March 11, 2016
Give Survivors More Time to File Child S ...

This op-ed, authored by DeAnn Tilton and Utah House Representative Ken Ivory, originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on March 7, 2016.  For every legal action, lawmakers decide how long a victim has to take the offender to court. Historically, the state of Utah has given survivors of childhood sexual abuse just a few …

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March 8, 2016
Got Moxie? Summoning the Courage to Inte ...

As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below.  This Two Minutes for Prevention video could be pretty discouraging. The news of it may even make you mad.  ‘Make you want to blame the messenger. But the …

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February 26, 2016
My Healing Journey Following Child Sexua ...

Dave Moody is one of the survivors featured in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training. In the video below and the blog post that follows, Dave shares in his own words his survivor story and his journey to healing.  My story is one that you might have heard before. Born and …

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February 25, 2016
SPOTLIGHT on Child Sexual Abuse

Several of Darkness to Light’s staff members went to see the movie Spotlight on opening night in Charleston. The film covers the investigative reporting of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team in exposing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. We work at an organization committed to empowering adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and are immersed …

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February 22, 2016
Critical Conversations for Teenagers

  As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below.  Teenagers crave freedom, but only if they’re standing on a base that is stable and secure. -James R. Doty, MD Back in the day when I …

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February 18, 2016
Teaching Proper Names for Body Parts

As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below.  Minnie and Willie? For little boys, I’ve heard it called everything from pee-pee, junk, Willie, and ding, to man muscle, tender, and guy stuff. For little girls, …

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February 11, 2016
Empowering Children to Voice the Uncomfo ...

As part of our Two Minutes for Prevention series, Stewards of Children® author Paula Sellars provides additional insights and experience about the topic covered in the video below.  A couple of weeks ago we had a really good snowfall in Asheville, 18 inches in fact. I absolutely love snow, so I took the morning off, …

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February 4, 2016
Texas Teachers are Protecting Children F ...

By Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, CEO Darkness to Light and Jenna Quinn, MS, Founder of Jenna’s Law Jenna Quinn is a hero, and her courage is changing the lives of children in Texas. Sexually abused by her basketball coach, a family friend, Jenna remembers all too well the fear and shame that kept her silent. …

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February 1, 2016
Darkness to Light Welcomes Newest Board ...

Charleston, South Carolina – January 22, 2016 – Darkness to Light (D2L) today announced that Herb Jansen, former Partner and Global Director of Human Capital (retired) at Ernst & Young, has been appointed to the D2L board of directors. As a part-time resident of Kiawah Island, Herb is one of three board members added in …

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January 27, 2016
Talking To Kids About Digital Safety: Pu ...

It’s easy to focus on the physical safety aspects of protecting children from child sexual abuse, but in doing so we shouldn’t lose sight of the increasing dangers in other areas, including the digital world. In a recent article about the world of online exploitation and cyber crime investigations, we’re reminded that perpetrators have a growing list …

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January 13, 2016
Child Safety Should Come First

Excerpt from IowaStateDaily Thousands of people from around the nation are reported for suspected child abuse each year, and too many of these reports, approximately 40 percent, are overlooked without any investigation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) boast about protecting the majority of abused children, but what happens to all …

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January 7, 2016
Beemer Case Highlights Need for Training ...

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH CEO, Darkness to Light Lyme, CT A December 26 The Day article by Karen Florinstates that in 1998, 13-year-old Timothy Beemer and 14-year-old Christina Beemer disclosed to a counselor at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau that their father, Robert Beemer, had been sexually abusing them for years. The abuse extended to two …

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January 6, 2016
Crook, Jefferson counties at child abuse ...

Excerpt from KTVZ.com KIDS Center said Monday it has reached a tipping point in creating new standards of child safety by training 5 percent of the adult population in our families, schools, and youth-serving organizations with Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children®” child sexual abuse prevention program. They said this lays the foundation for a …

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January 4, 2016
Training childcare professionals to redu ...

Published in PREVENTION ACTION on Jan. 4, 2016 Teachers, daycare workers, and clergy are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the reports of sexual abuse to child protective services in the US. But programs that prepare these professionals to recognize and prevent abuse are rare. A brief training program called Stewards of Children aims to fill …

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December 30, 2015
Educators Arrested for Failing to Report ...

Excerpt from WMBFNews.com DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A substitute teacher and staff member from Darlington High School were recently arrested for failing to report alleged abuse by a pastor who is accused of inappropriately touching a boy, according to Darlington Police Chief Danny Watson. Two days before the arrest of pastor Jamron Reames, a Darlington …

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December 28, 2015
A Survivor's Message

Dear Supporter, This year, Darkness to Light reached the milestone of one million people trained to protect children from sexual abuse. As one of 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States, this means a lot to me. And yet, I know that there is still a long road ahead. I know …

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