Darkness to Light

 

A proactive answer to child sexual abuse prevention. A training program that incorporates a combination of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance. An evidence-informed prevention solution that shows organization administrators, staff, and volunteers how to implement effective prevention policies, recognize the signs of sexual abuse in children, and react responsibly if abuse occurs.

The ultimate mission of D2L, to end childhood sexual abuse, can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. This, in turn, builds momentum and over time, changes the way our nation and culture cares for, protects and nurtures our children. Being an active participant in the mission to end childhood sexual abuse is one of the most rewarding things we will ever do – and we cannot do it without you.
We believe that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why D2L exists – to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse. 





Whether you work for an educational institution, worship center, recreation facility, day care operation, or one of myriad other youth serving organizations, the odds are, you're prepared. You know the nearest exits so that you can get children out of the building quickly and safely, if necessary. You know where the First Aid kits are located, and you may even have procedure for documenting injuries when they occur. But do you know how to react if sexual abuse occurs to a child in your care? Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences.
In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. Across the United States, across the world, we hear or read reports of child sexual abuse on a daily basis. Child sexual abuse crosses all socio-economic boundaries, cultures, races, and religions. One of the few commonalities is that predators are often drawn to places where they can easily gain access to children and develop trusting relationships with families and communities. This means that every single youth serving organization is potentially at risk - unless you choose to do something about it.
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