“Darkness to Light” is a nationwide initiative to teach parents, grandparents, and professionals how to protect children from child sexual abuse.
The Child Advocacy Center is spearheading the training in Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
Step 7 of the training is to get involved. Volunteer and support organizations that fight the tragedy of child sexual abuse.
“We have been training parents, grandparents, and professionals how to protect children from child sexual abuse for over year,” said Ryan Wallace, Child Advocacy Center community education coordinator. “We often get asked, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’”
According to the “Darkness to Light” Stewards of Children Interactive Workbook, people can get involved by donating time and resources to support organizations such as these:
- Prevention programs.
- Children’s advocacy centers.
- Crisis information and referral services.
- Rape crisis centers.
“In Rutherford and Cannon Counties, there are many organizations that assist child abuse victims,” said Sharon De Boer, Child Advocacy Center executive director. “You can volunteer or support the Child Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Program, Guidance Center, Kymari House, Exchange Club, CASA, and other non-profit organizations that serve children.”
The “Darkness to Light” workbook states to use voices and votes to make our community a safer place for children:
- Ask that schools and organizations in our community have child sexual abuse prevention policies, and help with their creation. Ask other adults to do the same.
- Bring the “Darkness to Light” Stewards of Children prevention program to your organization.
- Support legislation that protects children.
- Demand that the government put more resources into protecting children from sexual abuse and into responding to reports of sexual abuse.
- Call and write your members of Congress.
- Write letters to the newspaper.
According to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, there are 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America today.
“We can break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse and make a difference in our community by getting involved. The first step is bringing the ‘Darkness to Light’ training to your organization,” said De Boer.
To bring the Darkness to Light training to an organization in Rutherford or Cannon Counties, contact Ryan Wallace at the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County (615) 867-9000 or Amanda Pruitt at the Cannon County Child Advocacy Center (615) 563-9915.
For more information on “Darkness to Light” visit the website at http://www.d2l.org.