Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light


excellent programs
I completed this training. Anyone who works with children should do so as well.
Having a relationship with your child, and knowing even the slightest change in their behavior, will help you to navigate how to talk about child sexual abuse. Start with "Has anyone ever made you feel uncomfortable, in any way?" "Would you like to talk about it?" If you don't talk to your children, how else will they know that it's okay to say NO if something happens?
Excellent training for anyone working with children or young people.
Wonderful organization!
Wonderful tool to educate adults on child sexual abuse. I became a facilitator of this program. Prevention is key but u have to educate yourself to know the signs.
Completed my training against children abuse because they depend on us to be safe, and we must be Stewards of Children.
D2L have you seen this report of softcore child pornography on you tube
It’s that time of year again. If you are looking for a last minute speaker for your event in April let me know, I have a few opening left! #saam #saam2019 #caam #childabuseawarenessmonth #childabuseawareness #childabuse #timesup #metoo #survivor #april #sexualassaultawareness #cac
As a forensic psychologist and spouse of a male survivor, it's my passion to help guide men toward healing, support empowering intimate relationships with survivors, and raise awareness about male trauma. This is muy recent TedX Talk, hope you find it informative.

Our mission is to empower adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Visit D2L.org to find out how you can help prevent child sexual abuse.

Located in Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit organization committed to empowering people to prevent child sexual abuse. We are guided by our vision to create a world for children where child sexual abuse does not exist.

D2L has affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and 16 international locations. Over one million adults worldwide have completed D2L’s Stewards of Children training, an award-winning program that helps adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Mission: Our mission is to empower adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction.

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom." - Bob Dylan

Today we remember our fallen heroes with deep gratitude for the ways they have protected our freedom. We remember all the parents, children, family members, and friends who have personally lost a hero. And finally, thank you veterans for your daily sacrifice on our behalf. We wish you all an abundance of comfort, hope, and gratitude today.

Happy Memorial Day.


Gina's Gift to Missing Kids

Warning: reading this blog post will give you hope!

Gina DeJesus endured terrible things for nearly a decade after she was kidnapped as a child; now free and thriving, she's giving back to her community.

missingkids.org Gina's Gift to Missing Kids Patricia Davis 05-20-2020 Gina DeJesus has come a long way in the seven years since she, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were freed from the house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland after nearly a decade of captivity. She's back on Seymour Avenue. After Berry made her daring...


How To Model "Constructive Fear" Without Freaking Your Kids Out | Talkspace

"How do I make sure he stays vigilant without frightening him? How do I help him feel positive about the role he is playing in our community without making everything feel big and scary and out of his control?"

It's hard to figure out how much information we should share with our kids when it comes to scary topics like the coronavirus or child sexual abuse. Check out these 4 great tips from Talkspace on how to have these important conversations!

talkspace.com How can we best inform kids about the coronavirus outbreak while being mindful of their mental health? Explore these tried and true ideas.


How to ease the stressors of living in a multigenerational household during the pandemic

"Let go of expectations around how your days are going to go. Instead, have expectations of how people in the house are going to be — kind and considerate."

As social distancing drags on, having safe spaces in the house for each family member is more important than ever. It may even be helpful to talk through what each person needs in order to maintain their mental health. Set healthy guidelines and expectations, and remember that we all need a little extra kindness!

Building a safe space for kids doesn't have to take a lot of effort either; it can start with a simple conversation around boundaries! Head over to our blog to download our FREE Family Code of Conduct worksheet to get started!

pbs.org Expert tips on sharing close quarters with family members of different ages.


Night Of Solidarity | Refinery29

We now know that for too many people, home is not safe.
However, many brave advocates and community influencers (including our friend, Alysia Reiner) are speaking out! Let's stand with survivors and call for solutions. Join artists and advocates on 5/13 at 8PM ET for a #NightOfSolidarity:

Night of Solidarity is an evening of stories, songs, and conversations, all centered on standing with survivors of domestic violence and deepening public und...

Happy International Nurses Day!
We are so grateful for every nurse who has who has brought help + healing to a child. You are our heroes!
P.S. Did you know that our flagship training, Stewards of Children™, is approved for continuing education contact hours? If you need hours, check out our website for more information! https://www.d2l.org/education/continuing-education/

[05/11/20]   ICYMI: Last week Katelyn Brewer had an Instagram Live chat with our partner, champion gymnast Aly Raisman! We talked quarantine routines, the realities of child protection, and how we can support each other as a community. Check it out:

To all the mothers who have asked questions, talked about proper names for body parts, held open conversations with their kids or other adults, trusted their gut, looked for ways to minimize opportunity in their environments, made a good faith report, or spoken the words, "I believe you...."

Thank you. Mothers like you are the reason our children will grow up happy, healthy, and safe.

To anyone who has not experienced this kind of motherhood, or to mothers who never thought abuse could be a reality, we see you and we're here for you. There are brighter days ahead. 💚 #HappyMothersDay

Today is the last day to donate in honor of someone you love for Mother's Day! Help protect children AND give a meaningful gift! Check it out:


Stress, Resiliency, and COVID-19 - Darkness to Light

As we kick off #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth (on the heels of #ChildAbusePreventionMonth), it's important to recognize that we're all feeling the stress of this pandemic. Stress can sometimes lead to trauma; but what if we had the skills to help ourselves (and our children) overcome it?
One of our awesome Certified Instructors, Tracey Leonard, joins us in a guest blog for a crash course on stress, resiliency, and overcoming adversity!

d2l.org Overcoming the traumatic stress we are all experiencing in the era of COVID-19, especially our children, means learning resiliency skills.


Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Darkness to Light

Looking for a Mother's Day gift?
This week, when you donate $25 or more in honor of a special person in your life, we will send them virtual flowers from you on Sunday, May 10th. Give a gift that empowers thousands of adults to protect children from abuse!

d2l.org Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resources. Darkness to Light is a nonprofit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

Right now, families are focusing on meeting their basic needs and might not be immediately concerned about child abuse prevention. Abuse isn't an easy thing for parents to tackle under normal circumstances, much less the stress we're under now. That's why we're here to help.

We've spent the last six weeks innovating resources to meet the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. We've developed free strategies, worksheets and guides to take the stress off concerned caregivers. One helpful tool is a resource we've always provided: our Crisis Textline, which operates 24/7 to support anyone who even suspects that abuse may be happening.

You can help us get resources to parents and caregivers, so there is one less thing for them to be stressed about.

Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Listen to our CEO Katelyn Brewer talk with Elizabeth Smart about the prevalence of child sexual abuse and how we can all take steps to protect kids even in the midst of a global pandemic. #GivingTuesdayNow

90% of children are abused by someone they know and trust. 30% are abused by a close family member. Because of quarantining and social distancing due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many children have been forced into cohabitation with their abusers. In this special Giving Tuesday episode of Smart Talks, Elizabeth and Miyo are joined by Katelyn Brewer from Darkness to Light. For two decades, Darkness to Light has been empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse through education, community advocacy, and research.


Giving Tuesday organized by Elizabeth Smart Foundation

You may have seen it in the news: child abuse incidents are spiking around the country. We quickly realized that, while protecting children from abuse is still possible, it's going to take some creativity, innovation, and adaptation.

Today we're teaming up with Elizabeth Smart Foundation to raise money to continue to create and provide free resources for our heroes: those of you also working hard to protect children from abuse, even as you comply with stay at home orders.

If you're able, participate in #GivingTuesdayNow and help us keep providing free resources to our heroes!

gofundme.com 90% of children are abused by someone they know and trust. 30% are abused by a close family … Elizabeth Smart Foundation needs your support for Giving Tuesday

Here are a couple of common questions we've been getting:
"How do I check in on my students who don't have good internet access?"
"How do I tell how my kids are really doing when our Zoom meetings aren't confidential?"
"How can I minimize opportunity when I'm not there?"

And here's one strategy: drive by the child's house and have a socially-distant conversation from the street or yard.

It's tricky to protect kids while social distancing! That's why we've been working around the clock to develop (free!) resources for all of you heroes on the frontlines of protecting children. Help us continue to do so by making a gift tomorrow on #GivingTuesdayNow!

In the middle of March, we realized that there was an unintended consequence of COVID-19: many children would be forced into social distancing with their abusers. We realized that, while the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children still apply in this situation, it's going to take some creativity and perserverance to follow through. So we quickly developed our newest training, Protecting Children During a Crisis, and launched it on March 31 at no cost to participants.

More than 3,000 people have accessed the training since then.

Help us continue to provide free resources for keeping kids safe. Join us on May 5th for Giving Tuesday Now!

This Tuesday, we're participating in #GivingTuesdayNow so we can keep providing free resources to child advocates navigating protecting kids in quarantine. Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Join us as we continue to make our communities safer–even in the midst of social distancing.


Child Abuse Prevention Month

We want to know! What's one thing you learned or realized in April about protecting kids from abuse? Comment below!

d2l.org The month of April is going to be a unique one: we're observing Child Abuse Prevention Month mostly from the comfort of our own homes. As our communities continue to press pause and participate in social distancing, we know that protecting kids is going...

Screenshot or share this message with someone who is your hero 💞
For us, that's every. single. one. of you who taken a step this month to keep kids safe. It's everyone who has taken our training, joined a webinar, shared a social post, donated, or just taken some time to check in with their kids. THANK YOU. These little steps make a big impact. 💞


Minimizando La Oportunidad Durante La Cuarentena Del COVID-19 - Darkness to Light

Proteger a los niños en este momento requerirá un poco más de creatividad de lo normal. Inspírese con la historia de nuestra Directora de Alianzas, Ashley Nicole, mientras comparte algunos consejos y trucos para minimizar las oportunidades de abuso durante la cuarentena.

d2l.org Todos hemos sentido el impacto del covid-19 en nuestras vidas, pero nadie más que la víctima de abuso que puede ser puesta en cuarentena con su a usador. Como sobreviviente de abuso sexual infantil, sé lo que se siente vivir con un perpetrador, y sé la importancia para mí de estar fuera de casa...


Strong and Broken At The Same Time

"No one is exempt from experiencing [challenges], but how we deal with them makes all the difference. It’s one thing to be controlled by something, and it’s another thing to be shaped by it."
Our Partnerships Director Ashley Nicole speaks out on resilience and committing to healing 🙌

sheenmagazine.com A person’s ability to recover or bounce back from life’s challenges is known as resiliency. Resilient doesn’t mean unbreakable, and it doesn’t automatically mean that a pers…

Tune in tomorrow night for Worry-Less Wednesdays with Katelyn Brewer and Anton Gunn! These two thought leaders will be going live on Instagram discussing wellness, leadership, and the impact of #COVID19. Give them a follow!


Into The Cloud

Connecting with your kids about safety topics can be really tricky. But what if you could have fun while talking about hard topics? How do you open up the conversation? Parents, our friends over at National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have just the tool for you. Check out "Into the Cloud" from NetSmartz Workshop, a free online safety video series for children ages 10 and under.

missingkids.org Overview By the Numbers Using "Into the Cloud" Program Resources Media Sign Up for "Into the Cloud" Exclusives! Overview Join your favorite NetSmartz characters on a new adventure! Into the Cloud™ is NCMEC’s flagship online safety product for children ages 10 and under. Using data from actual Cy...


Safe Online Learning Protocols: For Parents

This week, we're talking #DigitalSafety. Kids spend more and more time online, so we have to approach the internet just like we would any physical space where kids hang out. What does it look like to minimize opportunities for abuse in the digital classroom? Read on...

d2l.org With schools moving to digital learning, your kids may be spending more time online. Whether playing games, having classes, or socializing with friends, they are in front of a screen more than normal.

Wishing all of our Muslim Stewards a happy and peaceful Ramadan! May your month be full of light in these uncertain times.


When "What If" Becomes "What Now"

A great way to empower your kids to develop positive decision-making skills and increase their confidence in problem-solving is the “What If” game.
Check in with your kids about how they are feeling right now. Then, ask them a mix of hypothetical questions: “What would you do if…?”

Talking about the #Coronavirus offers a perfect chance to discuss different scenarios, especially ones you never thought were possible, and how your kids might react to them.

Check out our blog post to get started with the game!

d2l.org Spending a lot of time at home with your kids? Looking for a fun and healthy activities to do together? Try the "What If" Game!

Interested in specifically meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ youth during this pandemic? Join our CEO Katelyn Brewer for a Facebook Live chat with the Alliance For Full Acceptance today at 12pm EST!

Join us for our next livestream TOMORROW at 12:00pm. AFFA is partnering with We Are Family to talk about how to create and ensure safe and affirming home spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in quarantine, as well as talk coping skills for parents who are now balancing work, childcare, homeschooling, and managing their own stress during these uncertain times.

Along with Nijeeah Richardson and Cora Webb from WAF, we’ll be joined by Katelyn Brewer (CEO of Darkness to Light), Portia Neat (Dorchester County School Guidance Counselor) and Rev. Wendy Hudson (Two Rivers Church).


Protecting Children During a Crisis Webinar

Last week, we held an intimate chat about child protection with our partners at Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, The Jed Foundation - JED, Monique Burr Foundation, and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and 1,000 of our closest friends.

The robust discussion covered everything from meeting the basic needs of children, to the reality of decreased reporting and caring for the mental health of children, adults, and families. If you're interested in learning more about keeping kids safe from abuse during stay-at-home orders, this video is for you!

On April 16th, 2020, Darkness to Light hosted a webinar on Protecting Children During a Crisis with our partners: the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protectio...


7 Body Safety Lessons to Learn from Disney - Darkness to Light

Ok, tell us honestly: who else finally subscribed to Disney+? 🙋 🤦‍♀️

Have you ever noticed that kids seem to be experts at asking difficult questions? As the adult in their life, you want to be able to equip them to handle all of life’s curveballs… but some topics just seem to come out of left field. Using scenes from movies can be a great way to open up tricky conversations with your kids.

d2l.org Using scenes from movies can be a great way to open up tricky conversations, like body safety, with your kids. Here are 7 opportunities from Disney!

Meditate with Aly!

We can’t take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves first. When we are in a good mental space we are much more capable of protecting kids and helping them feel safe. So take a few minutes today to take care of yourself!
Join our partner, champion gymnast Aly Raisman, as she leads us through a short meditation. Thanks Aly! #D2LCAPM #OneDayataTime #Day11

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Guided Meditation

I decided to do a guided meditation. I am not an expert in meditation so if you don't like it then scroll on to the next post 😋 I understand and recognize this doesn't change anything or fix anything but I hope it helps some of you out there. I just wanted to remind you all you are not alone. Please don't be afraid to ask for help. It is OK to not be OK. There is help out there. For those of you who are struggling or suffering I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you.

I hope you all are staying inside and keeping yourself, loved ones, & people you don't know safe and healthy.

I continue to be blown away by the everyday heroes who are saving lives and having a profound impact! I encourage you all to research and connect with those in your community on how you can donate or make an impact. No donation or help is too small.

Sending you all lots of love and support.

It Takes Courage to Protect Kids

Darkness to Light is an international nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.7 million adults have been trained using Darkness to Light trainings. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.

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1064 Gardner Rd Ste 210
Charleston, SC

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