Childrens Advocacy Project (CAP) Casper, WY Non-Profit preventing Child Abuse
Stewards of Children

The staff at the Children's Advocacy Project have been specially trained to train adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

- This is a training course to organizations and public groups.

- The cost of the training is $15 per person plus travel expenses if it is out of town.

- This is a STARS approved training and is approved for 3.0 clock hours

Call 307-232-0159 to schedule a training session or email info@childrensadvocacyproject.org.

 



Information about the program may be found at:

http://www.darkness2light.org

For More Information:
email stewards@d2l.org
or
call 843-965-5444

Stewards of Children
Adults Resolving Child Sexual Abuse in Community


Darkness to Light’s® Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult's job. Stewards of Children is designed for organizations that serve children and youth. 

What are the distinctive features of
Stewards of Children


A comprehensive program that incorporates all of the fundamental mechanics necessary in creating organizational policies and procedures that keep children safe. Ideal for training staff and volunteers on child sexual abuse prevention.

Includes the “7 Steps to Protecting our Children,” Darkness to Light’s core, evidence-based educational tool for sexual abuse prevention.

A 2.5-hour training program that integrates the simple principles of choice, consciousness, and personal power to promote an understanding of the nature and impact of child sexual abuse, and that uses those principles to provide a context for empowered action.  The curriculum is direct about holding each adult accountable, and generous in providing powerful, specific support for personal change. 

Video component of curriculum integrates personal stories of sexual abuse survivors, sharing their experiences of trauma and healing with the perspectives of professionals working with various issues of sexual abuse.

The program is motivational and compelling.  It calls participants into personal responsibility for the safety of children, while at the same time appreciates their fears and concerns. 

How can it be used?

By organizations that seek training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.

By organizations that need to respond to insurance requirements regarding child protection.

Stewards of Children Works!

In pre-post evaluations of trainings conducted in 9 different organizations that included faith centers, schools, community-based youth programs, and sports/recreational programs, participants demonstrated a 38% improvement in knowledge about sexual abuse and in attitudes about adult responsibility in the resolution of child sexual abuse after exposure to the Stewards of Children program. Two months after training, participants showed a 29% increase in behaviors focused on the protection of children from sexual abuse (e.g., they directed more questions about child protection policy to staff of youth-serving organizations; they talked more with children about healthy sexuality and protection from sexual abuse)

On a scale of 1 to 5 participant ratings on the quality and effectiveness of the program was higher than 4 on all questions, indicating that participants find the curriculum compelling.

How is the training delivered?

Stewards "Live"--a 2.5 hour in person training, led by an authorized facilitator who uses a videotape, interactive workbook, and discussion to train responsible adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Stewards Online--in April 2006, the 2.5 hour training program will be available in a web-based format.

How does my organization provide Stewards of Children to our staff and volunteers?

Hire a Darkness to Light facilitator to conduct the training.

Identify and hire an authorized facilitator in your community to conduct the training.

Sponsor an individual in your organization to become an authorized facilitator.

Have your staff members and volunteers complete the training online at www.darkness2light.org.

What is an authorized facilitator?

An individual who has been educated and equipped by Darkness to Light to deliver the program within a particular organization and the broader community.

An individual who has access to all of the Stewards of Children training tools.

You can't afford to ignore sexual abuse. Protect their only childhood.
Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
KNOW THE STATISTICS


WHAT IS SEXUAL ABUSE?

When an adult involves a child in ANY sexual act, including:
- Fondling
- Exhibitionism
- Voyeurism
- Exposure to pornography
- Internet “chatting” around sexual topics

THE STATISTICS ARE SHOCKING

- 1 in 4 girls sexually abused before age 18
- 1 in 6 boys sexually abused before age 18
- 1 in 5 children receive a sexual solicitation while on the Internet
- Most never tell
- 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in U.S.

CHILDREN ARE AT HIGHER RISK THAN ADULTS FOR SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION

- More than 67% of all sexual assault victims are under 18
- Median age is 9 years old
- 1 of 7 victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies is under age 6

Typical Child Victimizers are like many people you know…

Approximately:
- 90% are male
- 90% are religious
- 75% are Caucasian
- 80% are/have been married
- 65% are middle income or above
- 50% are college educated

CHILD VICTIMIZERS TARGET CHILDREN THEY KNOW…

Family member 40%
- Biological Child 20%
- Stepchild, Adopted, Foster child 30%
- Siblings 10%
- Nieces and Nephews 20%
- Grandchild 5%

Acquaintance 50%
- Child of Friend, Neighbor 40%
- Student, Sports Participant, Mentee, etc. 50%
- Babysitter 5%

*Only 10% ARE STRANGERS
*More than 80% of sexual abuse cases happen in one Adult/one Child situations


CONSEQUENCES TO VICTIMS AND SOCIETY

- Drug and Alcohol Dependence
- Depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anxiety
- Eating Disorders
- Debilitating Fear, Nightmares
- Delinquency
- Teen Pregnancy
- Sexual Disorders, Prostitution
- Increased Illness, Hospitalizations

What can responsible organizations and corporations who cater to children and their families do to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse?

- Pay Attention
- Understand the Impact
- Create Hiring Policy
- Create One-on-One Policy
- Create Reporting Policy
- Train Employees/Volunteers

     

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