Darkness to Light
I Want You To Protect Me
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for Parents and Individuals
No one wants to imagine one of their children being sexually abused. The truth is that this abuse occurs and should never be left unnoticed. Educate yourself on the facts NOW and make sure that your child does not fall victim to abuse. Child sexual abuse crosses ALL boundaries and is not limited by ethnicity, geography, or socio-economic standing. The good news is, that is we as responsible adult arm ourselves with the facts, we can PREVENT child sexual abuse.
Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
Known as a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program, Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children helps to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job.
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
- Any sexual act between and adult and a minor or between two minors when one exerts power over the other.
- Forcing, coercing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act. This includes sexual contact. It also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism and communicating in a sexual manner by phone or internet.
- An agonizing and traumatic experience for its victims
- A crime punishable by law
A Child's Safety is an Adults Job
Children are often taught how to protect themselves from sexual abuse-an important thing to know- but it's no substitute for adult responsibility. If we can make our children wear seat belts, walk them across the street and store toxic items in places they cannot reach then we should be able to take on the responsibility of preventing child sexual abuse rather than leaving it to children.
Imagine how difficult it is for a child to say "NO" to a Parent, a Teacher, a Coach or Clergy.
Even the adults we trust to protect children can't always be trusted. Coaches, teachers, clergy and parents are authority figures children feel they can trust. However, a large percentage of those who sexually abuse children are from this group. These are adults who have the opportunity to "groom" children with affection and attention, making it difficult for children to identify certain behaviors as abuse. And they know that children have been taught to "mind" them.
Register to take the Stewards of Children training:
The Y offers the training several times throughout the year, please fill out a registration form and drop it off at the participating YMCA or email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also schedule a training at your facility for your staff and/or volunteers; contact Matt Falcon at email@example.com to schedule or for more information!