Eve Ensler: Embrace Your Inner Girl.

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Experts estimate there are 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America today.

This statistic indicates that protecting children from sexual abuse doesn’t come naturally – it’s a learned skill. If you’re interested in learning how to protect children or getting certified to teach others to protect children, register for one of our upcoming classes.

Stewards of Children Class – Learn to Protect Children
Saturday, January 9, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mission Viejo, CA
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Stewards of Children Class – Learn to Protect Children
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
San Diego, CA
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Stewards of Children Facilitator Workshop – Get Certified to Teach Others -Educating others on how to prevent child sexual abuse has been very empowering for me as a survivor.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mission Viejo, CA
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Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program is a revolutionary evidence-based sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations that serve children and youth, and any/all adults interested in protecting children.

For a short video from the training please visit this link:

http://darkness2light.org/prevention/stewards-of-children/informationalDVD.asp

The curriculum can be used by organizations, corporations and individuals who are:

  • Seeking evidence-based training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.
  • Wanting to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children.
  • Needing to respond to insurance requirements regarding child protection.
  • Wanting to enhance community training initiatives and develop potential sources of revenue.

For more information contact Svava Brooks at sbrooks@taalk.org or 619-889-6366.

TAALK ( www.taalk.org) has designed a comprehensive set of awareness, education and support programs that can be delivered to the community by the community Contact us to understand which programs are available in your area or if you would like to be trained to deliver them.  Darkness to Light Stewards of Children is one of the programs we provide.

Svava Brooks

West Virginia Group Making Prevention a Priority

kidssignJust 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 the purpose of helping them prevent, respond and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

“The idea is to better prepare adults to recognize the risks of sexual abuse, to recognize the signs and symptoms of children who might be being sexually abused and to recognize the characteristics of abusers so we can better protect children,” she said.

Just for Kids executive director Celi Van Dyke said the organization has joined JFKraleighwith Darkness to Light to “bring protection” to the area through an adult training program called Stewards of Children. The curriculum for the 21⁄2-hour training includes video, workbooks and group discussion and also integrates segments during which adult survivors discuss their experiences of abuse and healing.

Bailey and Van Dyke say the training is available for anyone interested and is specifically geared for anyone who has regular contact with children, including parents, schools, child care centers and little leagues.

To date, more than 500 adults have received training, including the staffs at Mabscott Elementary School, Fayette County 4-H and Fayette County Head Start.

Tuesday, Just for Kids partnered with First Century Bank on Harper Road to conduct its first community awareness meeting for members of Generation Beckley. The one-hour meetings, Bailey said, include information on the social, emotional and economic impact of child sexual abuse.

“It’s a great program,” said First Century’s Carl Bowman, one of the organizers of Generation Beckley. “We were very happy to get involved.”

Bailey says the informational meetings are available to any interested groups and it is the hope of Just for Kids officials that those who attend will “feel compelled to become more involved.”

Debbie Tate, West Virginia University Extension agent for 4-H development, said more than 90 percent of the staff and volunteers at the Fayette County 4-H took advantage of the training.

“The training was a great way to show individuals, camp counselors, adults and mentors responsible ways to identify and react to abuse,” she said.

“It is our responsibility as a community to keep all children safe.”

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