PARTNERS IN PREVENTION: PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
YMCAs in New Jersey have a vision of a world free of child sexual abuse. A world in which all children are loved, protected, nurtured and able to grow up healthy. Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized authority on the issue of child sexual abuse prevention and creator of the award winning Stewards of Children curriculum has partnered with the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance to inform, educate and mobilize advocates for children.
The statistics surrounding child sexual abuse are shocking.
- 1 IN 4 CHILDREN ARE SEXUALLY ABUSED BEFORE THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY
- 42 MILLION ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE ARE WALKING AMONG US
- 90% OF THE VICTIMS KNOW AND TRUST THEIR ABUSER
PREVENTION IS THE ANSWER
The YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to our communities. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior.
The YMCAs in New Jersey have set a goal to train 5% of the adults in our community by the year 2017. This 5% goal represents what the research tells us is the critical point for positive change in a community.
The Y is working with community partners including local civic and volunteer groups, non-profits, faith-based groups, businesses, school districts and local government to keep children safe. When adults actively seek to make a difference, a cultural change can occur. We’re working to shift from a norm where child sexual abuse is kept in fear and denial and children are easy targets, to a community where every child is protected through a community of trained and aware adults.
STEWARDS OF CHILDREN
Stewards of Children is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety is every adult’s responsibility.
In-person, facilitator led trainings are open to the public and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, school districts, faith centers and nonprofits. Local businesses, large or small, are encouraged to participate.
FREE ONLINE TRAINING IS AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2014! Visit https://D2L.csod.com.