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Darkness to Light recently expanded our resources through Child Safety Pledge, a new platform to specifically meet the needs of parents and caregivers as they protect the children in their care. Here’s why we’re so excited about the newest addition to the Darkness to Light brand family. Parents lack a comprehensive resource for keeping kids …

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Through a combination of research, education, and community advocacy, Darkness to Light uses a social behavior change approach to pioneer new training initiatives that bring child sexual abuse prevention to the attention of the broader cultural conversation.   Social Behavior Change is a proven approach for enabling changes at individual, community, and societal levels to improve …

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Washington, D.C. – The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT), a bill to develop best practices in preventing online child exploitation, has been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Keep Kids Safe, a movement of survivors and allies focused on ending sexual violence against children and adolescents, applauds this decision and …

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Child sex trafficking, a form of human trafficking that’s also called the commercial sexual exploitation of children in clinical circles, boils down to this: the exchange of any sex act with a minor for something of value.  They might be solicited, exploited, or even advertised for sexual activity.

The much-anticipated update to Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Online is now available! This update introduces a modern and innovative approach to prevention education which better equips learners to take prevention beyond the training. But what exactly do we mean by “beyond the training?” It’s still a training, right?   Technically, yes. But we think …

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Technology. We love it. And we hate it. Innovations like the telephone, electricity, and internet bring a level of comfort and ease to our lives that our ancestors never could have imagined. But these things are also creating a significant increase in online exploitation of children—a form of human sex trafficking.   When the COVID-19 …

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Often when we think about giving, we conjure up images of wealthy philanthropists like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. We have long associated charitable giving and making a difference with being wealthy, but nothing could be further from the truth! Sure, wealthy individuals play a key role as major donors—but the bulk of donations are …

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2021 was another year of uncertainty and unfamiliar experiences. However, while we were faced with new hurdles, we also made great strides–especially when it comes to protecting kids from sexual abuse. As we reflect on the last twelve months at Darkness to Light, we are encouraged: we are looking at a future where kids are safer than ever, and this momentum …

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Darkness To Light Awarded $2.5 Million From Oak Foundation For Child Protection. Award fosters child sexual abuse prevention innovations through legislative advocacy and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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At Darkness to Light, we feel that while it’s great (and makes you feel great!) to check boxes, the real work is done when we’re creating a culture of prevention.  Imagine you’re on the way to pick up your child at soccer practice after a long day working, running errands, and making dinner. While sitting in traffic, you’re dreaming of the piping-hot, cheesy lasagna you’ve left baking …

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The blog below, written by Darkness to Light’s Brand Manager Anna Warner, was originally published on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The original listing can be found here. All children need–and deserve–safety, security, and a sense of belonging. Running away may indicate that kids are not getting those needs met at …

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KEEP KIDS SAFE MOVEMENT LAUNCHES SWEEPING NATIONAL REFORM BLUEPRINT Blueprint details agenda for swift and decisive government action to protect children and adolescents from sexual violence. Washington, D.C. – Keep Kids Safe, a movement of survivors and allies, will launch the National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents on November 18, 2021. The blueprint …

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1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. The trauma of child sexual abuse can have serious, lifelong effects on survivors’ mental and physical health.  The lasting mental health effects of child sexual abuse may actually shorten the lifespan of survivors. Studies examining the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such …

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Champion gymnast and Darkness to Light partner Aly Raisman will premiere a three-hour documentary special, Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light, on September 24 at 8p/7c on Lifetime. This special reveals the tumultuous journey to healing from the perspective of sexual abuse survivors, following the three-time Olympic gold medalist as she advocates for survivors while sharing …

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Tracy Leonard’s incredible impact on child protection highlights the importance of cultivating genuine connections and accepting new opportunities. For me, my motivation to end sexual abuse is as simple as a child’s innocence. From the moment a baby is born, they need an adult in their lives to care for them. When that adult pushes …

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Intervening or taking preventative measures as a bystander can mean the difference between a child being sexually abused or being protected from abuse.  What is a bystander? A bystander is a person who witnesses a boundary violation or sees a situation in which a child is vulnerable. Bystander intervention can play a major role in …

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Child sexual abuse can happen anywhere, even at home during school, but there are preventative measures you can take. Check out our homeschool safety guide to ensure your kids have the safest environment possible.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents took a crash course in homeschooling, but with restrictions ending and school districts …

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When Bonnie Jean Kuras envisioned her life, she never dreamed the impact she would have on the lives of children. Her journey to child protection has been full of unexpected twists and turns leading to incredible results. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to share in the care of my mother, who was diagnosed …

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There are many opinions and myths about child sexual abuse. The truth may surprise you! Check out these seven common misconceptions and learn the facts. Sexual abuse is probably not something you think about regularly when it comes to kids – and it’s definitely not something you ever want to imagine could happen! But the …

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Every kid deserves a fun and safe summer. Here are 6 activities you can do with your kids to strengthen your relationships and create lasting memories! For kids, the last day of school is a long-awaited, glorious day spent anxiously anticipating three months of freedom. For parents and guardians, the last day of school can …

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The absence of safe spaces and safe adults has historically put LGBTQ+ youth at a higher risk of childhood trauma. We have the power to change that. All kids deserve a safe, healthy childhood, and it’s the responsibility of all adults to create supportive environments in which children can flourish. Many youth who identify as …

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Susan Kennedy shares expert advice from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about how and why to teach kids body boundaries in the digital age. Good news first; most kids aren’t being groomed, blackmailed, or otherwise exploited online. Not-so-great news next; according to a recent report from Thorn, producing, sharing, and re-sharing sexual …

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Even though 2020 brought countless challenges, the determination of adults to protect children has only increased over time, and we are thrilled by the progress in child protection we’ve seen over the fiscal year. Instead of dying down because of overwhelming odds, child protection initiatives sparked like wildfires. Advocates reached new creative heights. Teachers and school …

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Summer is here again – and hugs can be too! Help your child feel safe, secure, and supported as social distancing ends by championing healthy touch and body boundaries.  After a year spent social distancing, many of us may feel nervous about returning to “normal.” Isolation undoubtedly causes stress and anxiety; however, it can also …

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What does outstanding achievements in the field of sexual abuse prevention look like? Ask these three advocates. During IGNITE 2021, our fourth annual National Prevention Conference, Darkness to Light recognized individuals who have gone above and beyond to further the mission of child sexual abuse prevention. Awards presented included Instructor of the Year, Facilitator of …

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Did you listen to the Crime Junkie episode MURDERED: Peggy Reome? This episode tells the story of a woman who went missing for 12 years, her daughter’s mission to find her, and the intersection of their story with child sexual abuse. We’ve partnered with Crime Junkie as their subject matter expert to offer support, tips, …

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Darkness to Light Announces Rachael Denhollander as IGNITE 2021 Keynote Speaker Denhollander will present the keynote session virtually April 27th. Charleston, SC. – April 2, 2021 –Darkness to Light announces Rachael Denhollander, attorney, author, and sexual abuse advocate, as a keynote speaker at their fourth annual child abuse prevention conference, IGNITE 2021. Presentedby the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the conference brings together …

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Two hundred and ninety-five days ago, I, like many other leaders, released a statement expressing my commitment to leading an anti-racist organization. It was a statement that I wrote with passion and conviction—emotions that have frequently resurfaced over the last nine months, but particularly in the wake of last Tuesday’s tragic murder of six Asian …

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Raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month! Every April we commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month, a national holiday devoted to raising awareness about the importance of child well-being, strategies to keep kids safe, and supporting families and communities in preventing the maltreatment of children. This year, join us on a month-long journey as we go …

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Darkness to Light Announces Rabbi Avremi Zippel as IGNITE 2021 Keynote Speaker The Rabbi and activist for sexual violence survivors will present the keynote session virtually April 27th. Charleston, SC. – March 17, 2021 – Darkness to Light announces Rabbi Avremi Zippel, Jewish Rabbi and activist for sexual violence survivors, as a keynote speaker at …

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Darkness to Light Announces Alexandra Zarini as IGNITE 2021 Keynote Speaker The founder of the Alexandra Gucci Foundation will present the keynote session virtually April 28th. Charleston, SC. – March 9, 2021 – Darkness to Light announces Alexandra Zarini, founder of the Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation, as a keynote speaker at their fourth annual child …

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While you can’t prevent your teen’s first heartbreak, you can equip them with the tools and knowledge needed to safely navigate dating.   Teaching teen dating safety goes beyond the “birds and the bees.” It also involves teaching teens respect, communication skills, and spotting red flags before problems escalate. While discussing sex and relationships might be intimidating, or even uncomfortable, …

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Darkness to Light Teams Up with the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse for National Conference Presented by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children Fourth annual IGNITE 2021 conference is taking place virtually April 27th-29th, 2021 Charleston, SC. – February 24, 2021 – Darkness to Light’s fourth annual child sexual abuse prevention …

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Gold Medalist & Advocate Joining As Woodward Gymnastics Program Designer; Partnership Unveils New Features & Expanded Programming for Summer 2021; Camp Registration Open Now WOODWARD, PA. – February 4, 2019 – Woodward, the ultimate summer camp experience and part of POWDR, today announced an exciting partnership with one of the most decorated American gymnasts in …

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In this Honest Conversation, President and CEO Katelyn Brewer sat down with three experts in the field of commercial sexual exploitation of children to discuss the truth about child sex trafficking, especially in the digital world. These experts include Sarah Cooper, Nicole Epps, and Eliza Reock. Cooper is a survivor and advocate for children; after …

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To read in English, click here. Se convertirá en un adulto confiable cuando los niños confíen en que contarán con usted cuando necesiten ayuda. A menudo hablamos de lo que significa ser un adulto confiable cuando los niños le revelan un abuso. De hecho, esta es una parte fundamental del quinto paso de los 5 …

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Schools can play a vital role in student safety and should continue to play this role for remote students. Schools provide important education for children and a space for them to discover who they are and form friendships. Schools also serve as a safe haven for some children. 30% of children who are sexually abused …

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Human trafficking affects the most vulnerable in our society: children. No matter where you live, chances are child sex trafficking is happening nearby. Learn to protect kids from trafficking today!

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in reports of the online exploitation of children. Trafficking is happening everywhere: not just in developing countries, but also in first world nations and especially online. Last year saw changes in child abuse reporting rates and trafficking reporting rates that show an increase in the …

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It’s not often we make public statements about news events not directly related to our work of serving child victims of abuse. Yet what took place here in Washington, D.C., last week was no ordinary event. Just blocks from my house and to National Children’s Alliance headquarters here on Capitol Hill, a violent mob stormed …

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This year has brought changes and challenges no one could have anticipated. However, the movement to protect kids in 2020 did not slow down. We pivoted and continued to provide vital resources and education to communities around the world. As we reflect on 2020 (can you believe it’s almost 2021?!?), we continue to be overwhelmed …

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Darkness to Light recently expanded our resources through Child Safety Pledge, a new platform to specifically meet the needs of parents and caregivers as they protect the children in their care. Here’s why we’re so excited about the newest addition to the Darkness to Light brand family. Parents lack a comprehensive resource for keeping kids …

Read More

The post Introducing Child Safety Pledge; Taking a Stand to Keep Children Happy & Safe appeared first on Darkness to Light.

Through a combination of research, education, and community advocacy, Darkness to Light uses a social behavior change approach to pioneer new training initiatives that bring child sexual abuse prevention to the attention of the broader cultural conversation.   Social Behavior Change is a proven approach for enabling changes at individual, community, and societal levels to improve …

Read More

The post Child Sexual Abuse + Social Behavior Change appeared first on Darkness to Light.

Washington, D.C. – The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT), a bill to develop best practices in preventing online child exploitation, has been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Keep Kids Safe, a movement of survivors and allies focused on ending sexual violence against children and adolescents, applauds this decision and …

Read More

The post Call for Swift Action to Pass EARN IT Act – Keep Kids Safe appeared first on Darkness to Light.

Child sex trafficking, a form of human trafficking that’s also called the commercial sexual exploitation of children in clinical circles, boils down to this: the exchange of any sex act with a minor for something of value.  They might be solicited, exploited, or even advertised for sexual activity.

The much-anticipated update to Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Online is now available! This update introduces a modern and innovative approach to prevention education which better equips learners to take prevention beyond the training. But what exactly do we mean by “beyond the training?” It’s still a training, right?   Technically, yes. But we think …

Read More

The post NEW and IMPROVED Stewards of Children® Online appeared first on Darkness to Light.

Technology. We love it. And we hate it. Innovations like the telephone, electricity, and internet bring a level of comfort and ease to our lives that our ancestors never could have imagined. But these things are also creating a significant increase in online exploitation of children—a form of human sex trafficking.   When the COVID-19 …

Read More

The post Technology: Friend or Foe? appeared first on Darkness to Light.