Darkness to Light offers an adult-focused, evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention education program called Stewards of Children. The two-hour curriculum improves child sexual abuse prevention, recognition, and intervention behaviors in adults.
To date, more than 1,700,000 people, including more than 500,000 educators in the United States, have completed the Stewards of Children program.
In October 2015, Darkness to Light conducted a one-year follow-up survey of 79,544 Texas educators who completed the Stewards of Children training online, either as a solo education training or coupled with the state mandatory reporter training, during the fall of 2014.
The purpose of this survey was to determine if educators increased their reports of previously unrecognized child sexual abuse to authorities.
The survey found that in the year following training, educators increased their reports of child sexual abuse to authorities by 283% as compared with career-averaged reports in the year prior to training. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) data was obtained to corroborate the results.
Additionally, an analysis of 2011-2015 data from DFPS demonstrated the possibility that educators increased reporting of previously unrecognized abuse cases from 2014 to 2015. More children were also substantiated as sexually abused during this time period.
Finally, while not primary prevention, the effectiveness of Stewards of Children can be evaluated by whether more children received intervention services as a result of that program. This is important, as intervention services have been shown to mitigate many of the negative effects of child sexual abuse.
The data allowed for the possibility that more children received intervention services in 2014 and 2015 as a result of the Texas Educator Initiative, implying that the Stewards of Children program, either alone or in tandem with Texas Mandated Reporter training, may be effective in creating positive outcomes for children on the prevention spectrum.
Together for Girls, in partnership with The Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, undertook a systematic review of proven solutions and best practices to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and young people.
Whether you’re a parent, leader of a youth-focused organization, or coach of a youth sports team, you should know what safeguarding is and why it’s critical to keeping kids safe.
Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA, and the National Children’s Alliance join forces with a diverse coalition of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, advocates, and leading organizations to launch #KeepKidsSafe.
Athlete A reminds us how regularly survivors are ignored and how often they are chastised for reporting an abuser. It reveals how self-interested institutions can themselves turn into cloaks of protection for the most heinous crimes.
The COVID-19 lockdowns around the U.S. have exacerbated what was already a widespread problem gripping our nation: the trapping of children at home with sexual abusers.
Friends can play a powerful role in helping survivors access and receive critical care to help them seek justice and start their journey to heal.
Survivors of sexual violence, particularly those of color, should be leading the conversations about their needs and the needs of their communities, informing policy, and catalyzing prevention.
This blog features COVID-19 parenting resources, including evidence-based strategies to manage stress, tools to keep children safe online, and guides that help parents talk to their kids about COVID-19.
Childhood sexual violence differs from other forms of violence, such as physical or psychological violence, as child development and the capacity to consent influence its recognition as a crime.
Attitudes and behaviors that can exacerbate the risk for or facilitate acts of sexual violence against adolescents and children are grounded in broad social norms.
Together for Girls had the opportunity to interview Gary Barker, the President and CEO of Promundo and longtime champion of engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention.
An effective intervention focused on community mobilization programs to change attitudes, norms and behaviors with direct intervention at the community level
A prudent intervention on the adoption of safeguarding policies and procedures for child and youth-serving organizations
A program that recognizes and encourages coaches' unique position to impact positive attitudes and behaviors, and challenge toxic masculinity