December 31, 2009
Thank You

As today is the last day of 2009, we wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our friends, followers, members, supporters and social media readers! This is Darkness to Light’s first year in social media, and thanks to you guys it has been a magnificent success. With your help, we’ve built a Facebook Cause …

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December 30, 2009
Precious and Prevention Consciousness

Despite the fact that 20% of American children will be sexually abused by the age of 18, childhood sexual abuse remains a topic that’s swept under the rug. Precious, a new film starring Gabourey Sidibie and Mo’nique, gives people a inside glimpse of the devastating effects of sexual abuse. Set in Harlem in 1987, it …

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December 29, 2009
Tuesday Talking Point: Coach Sanders

Things have gotten backed up with the holiday season so today’s Tuesday Talking Point is one of our PSAs from a few years ago. This PSA ran on CNN and certainly provided people with something to talk about. We hope everyone is having a great holiday season, and thank you for your support in this, …

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December 23, 2009
West Virginia Group Makes Prevention a P ...

Just for Kids Inc., a Raleigh and Fayette county child advocacy center, announced an ambitious “2,012 by 2012” campaign Tuesday that organizers say could have a positive effect on more than 20,000 local children. The goal of the initiative, according to prevention coordinator Christina Bailey, is to train 2,012 adults by the year 2012, with …

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December 22, 2009
Tuesday Talking Points: Mackenzie Philli ...

Mackenzie Phillips was awarded Darkness2Light’s 2009 Voice of Courage award for her honesty in telling the story of her own childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father, John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. This is her acceptance speech at our 2009 Circle of Light Gala. Thanks Again Mackenzie!

December 21, 2009
"Darkness to Light" by Dan Mackenzie

As we’re preparing for the holidays, we thought we’d bring you a special performance by Dan Mackenzie of his song “Darkness to Light.” The Charleston School of Arts Orchestra and the Ashley River Creative Arts School Unichorous Unicorns both accompanied Dan at the 2006 Circle of Light Gala!

December 18, 2009
National Sex Offender Registry

Click HERE to view the U.S. National Sex Offender Registry (SOR). Most of the state registries are very effective and allow you to search by neighborhood, name, or zip code. As we said in our Tuesday Talking Point, knowledge is power, and becoming more aware of offenders around you allows you to better protect the …

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December 17, 2009
Looking at the World Differently: Ken Bu ...

By Ken Burger Can 10 people gathered in a small room on a Friday afternoon save a child from the nightmarish hell of living with the scars of sexual abuse? Yes and no. They might save more. Someone taking the Darkness To Light training session may recognize a problem before it starts, scare a predator …

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December 16, 2009
A Parent Guide for Selecting Youth Servi ...

Child Safety is a Parent’s Responsibility Keeping children safe is the responsibility of adults! You would not allow your child to play on broken playground equipment, ride in a car without a seatbelt or child seat, or have access to poisonous substances. However, one survey showed that fewer than 30% of parents take proactive steps …

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December 14, 2009
Economic Impact Calculator

<br> After we posted our Tuesday Talking Point regarding the economic impact of child sexual abuse in the United States, I think it’s fair to say that people were shocked with what they heard and read. In the U.S. reported cases of child sexual abuse represent the second most expensive victim crime behind murder, costing …

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December 10, 2009
Darkness to Light's National Helpline Ne ...

Darkness to Light provides a toll-free number for individuals living in the United States who need local information and resources about sexual abuse. Any individual, child or adult who needs resources about sexual abuse can call the Helpline. All calls are confidential and will be answered by a trained information and referral service representative. Helpline …

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December 9, 2009
Mackenzie Phillips’ Interview at Darkn ...

Mackenzie Phillips (the one time star of the sitcom “One day at a time”) was in Charleston to receive an award from Darkness to Light for dealing with the abusive relationship with her father You can also see Mackenzie with Live 5 News Here.

December 7, 2009
Year End Message From Anne Lee

Dear Cause Member, We have so much to be grateful for. Nine years ago Darkness to Light was nothing more than a frustrated survivor with a “divine download.” It took a gang of dedicated community members with fire in their bellies to transform this into ground-breaking grassroots prevention movement. From these humble beginnings came the …

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December 4, 2009
Seven Simple Steps to Keep Your Kids Saf ...

Darkness to Light’s 7 Steps to Prevention Child Sexual Abuse is a quick reference prevention guide. Following these simple 7 Steps can help you keep your children safe. Try and send the 7 Steps to 7 Friends and together lets keep PREVENTING! Step 1: Learn the facts Realities—not trust—should influence your decisions regarding your child. …

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December 3, 2009
What's With The ANT?!

D2L Billboard on I-26 If you were to walk into our office not knowing what we do, your first guess might be entomologists (insect scientists). Throughout the office we have ants of all shapes, sizes and colors decorating each and every corner. It’s funny how we came to be ant enthusiasts, but at Darkness to …

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December 1, 2009
Tuesday Talking Points: Angela Shelton

Angela Shelton is a beacon to millions of survivors in the US. An incest survivor herself, Angela has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, and her documentary Searching For Angela Shelton was huge in showing people the prevalence of abusive violence in our society. She is a Voice of Courage Award Recipient …

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November 24, 2009
Tuesday Talking Points: Economic Impact ...

Dr. lori Leachman, Professor of Economics – Duke University Even if you were not sexually abused as a child, even if no one in your family was sexually abused; child sexual abuse impacts your life. The immediate and tangible costs of intervention and treatment for a single incident of substantiated child sexual abuse are $14,345. …

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