Training Opportunities

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Training

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. Do you know how to react if sexual abuse occurs to a child in your care?

This training will address: prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse for communities and organizations; what situations create the risk for abuse; practical strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse; behaviors and grooming techniques practiced by perpetrators; how to intervene and react responsibly if warning signs appear or abuse is discovered.

Outcomes expected after training include: increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse; new skills for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse; proactive, positive change to organizational policies and procedures; individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan.

Please contact Janet Harmon, MSW at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center at 980-613-8967 or janet@patsplacecac.org to learn about upcoming opportunities to participate in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® training or to schedule one for your organization.