Darkness to Light Announces Ignite 2019

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Darkness to Light announces third annual child abuse prevention conference.

Darkness to Light announces its third annual national child sexual abuse prevention conference, Ignite 2019, October 8-9 in Boston, MA.  The conference brings together sexual abuse prevention leaders from across the country around the common goal of making communities safer for children. Marci Hamilton, the Founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, will present the keynote session.

“Darkness to Light is excited to announce our third annual child abuse prevention conference and have someone with Marci Hamilton’s background and expertise join us this year as our day one keynote speaker,” says Katelyn Brewer, President and CEO of Darkness to Light. “Hamilton is a courageous advocate for abuse survivors and is insistent on setting the national spotlight on the issue of child abuse and neglect.”

Hamilton is the leading expert on child sexual abuse statutes of limitations and is the leader of CHILD USA, a nonprofit academic think tank at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to prevent child abuse and neglect. Hamilton herself has submitted testimony and advised legislators in every state where significant reform has occurred. She has also filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts.

Individuals and organizations attending Ignite 2019 have the opportunity to participate in advanced training seminars and thought-provoking, interactive sessions led by some of the most respected experts in child sexual abuse prevention. The two-day conference offers four session tracks – individual, organizational, public health and legal – inspiring attendees to take fresh ideas back to their communities and better protect children.

Sessions include:

  • Developing a Statewide Sexual Abuse Prevention Plan
  • Social Behavioral Change & Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
  • The Neurochemistry of Trauma & Evidence-Based Models of Recovery
  • How to be Healthy & Hopeful While Being Exposed to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Effective Representation & Valuation of Civil Cases Arises Out of Sexual Abuse

Ignite 2019 takes place at Sheraton Framington Hotel and Conference Center just north of Boston, MA. For attendees wanting more advanced training, there is a pre-conference training day on October 7th.  Check out the full conference schedule and meet the speakers here.

Attendees should register by July 31st to take advantage of early bird registration. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.D2L.org/Ignite2019.


Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.7 million adults have been trained using Darkness to Light trainings. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.

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