I have taken Darkness to Lights prevention program. Unfortunately it was after the fact. I am now a STEWARD FOR CHILDREN and encourage anyone who reads this post to visit the links to both the article I’ve quoted below written by Anny Jacoby, A Personal Safety Expert and Coach. You will also find a vast amount of helpful links and resources on her site.
ReBlogged article from Anny Jacobys website:
In the past thirty years the field of investigation, identification, and treatment for children who have experienced sexual abuse has progressed and changed tremendously. But child sexual abuse prevention had remained relatively unchanged—teach kids about good touch/bad touch, tell them to say no, and teach them to tell a trusted adult if something happens. But this set of strategies puts a weighty burden on the slender shoulders of children. Most people who sexually abuse children are not only known to the child but trusted by the child and their family. Teens and adults who abuse children can easily confuse and shame a child into silence. Most victims of child sexual abuse do not disclose their abuse; leaving the victims to struggle alone with the emotional fall-out from the abuse.
Darkness to Light has developed a child sexual abuse prevention training, Stewards of Children, that puts the burden of preventing child sexual abuse on the shoulders of adults. Stewards of Children aims to teach the facts about child sexual abuse and increase the protective behaviors of adults. It encourages adult participants to learn the facts about child sexual abuse, to review the policies and procedures of the child serving agencies and communities of which they are a part, and encourages all child serving staff know what to do if a child discloses abuse to them.
The reality of child sexual abuse is hard to face in both its prevalence (some experts estimate that 1-4 girls and 1-6 boys are sexually abuse before their 18th birthday) and its impact. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the Chatham YMCA, North Carolina has decided to face the harsh reality of child sexual abuse and has started the YMCA Community Coalition for Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Community awareness meetings (Prevent Now!, one hour) are available as well as Darkness to Light prevention training, Stewards of Children, (2.5-3 hours) for interested community groups (day/evening and weekend training available).
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse-An Adult’s Responsibility
- Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Health (rcasa.wordpress.com)
- Anny Jacoby Facilitating Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Program (imaginepublicity.com)
- The Aftermath of Childhood Sexual Abuse (everydayhealth.com)
- Lauren’s Kids and EZBloomers.com Partners to Promote Sexual Assault Prevention for Mother’s Day (prweb.com)
- Signs of Child Sexual Abuse (volunteermanual.wordpress.com)
- Common Myths About Child Sexual Abuse and Incest (socyberty.com)
- Healing From Emotional Trauma (everydayhealth.com)
- This Friday’s TAALK-A-THON to Discuss Why 1 in 4 Girls and 1 in 6 Boys are Sexually Abused Before Age 18 (prweb.com)