PARTNERS IN PREVENTION: PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
YMCAs in New Jersey have a vision of a world free of child sexual abuse. A world in which all children are loved, protected, nurtured and able to grow up healthy.
Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized authority on the issue of child sexual abuse prevention and creator of the award winning Stewards of Children curriculum has partnered with the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance to inform, educate and mobilize advocates for children.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 42 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are walking among us.*
- In 90% of cases, the child knows the abuser.*
- Children are the victims of 70% of all reported sexual assaults.*
- 40% of sexually abused children are abused by an older or larger child.*
- One survey showed only 30% of parents take proactive steps to protect their children.*
- 5% of a community trained to be aware and responsive is the tipping point to make a positive change.*
* Statistics from Darkness to Light.
PREVENTION IS THE ANSWER
The YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to our communities. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior.
The YMCAs in New Jersey have set a goal to train 5% of the adults in our community by the year 2017. This 5% goal represents what the research tells us is the critical point for positive change in a community.
The Y is working with community partners including local civic and volunteer groups, non-profits, faith-based groups, businesses, school districts and local government to keep children safe. When adults actively seek to make a difference, a cultural change can occur. We’re working to shift from a norm where child sexual abuse is kept in fear and denial and children are easy targets, to a community where every child is protected through a community of trained and aware adults.
STEWARDS OF CHILDREN
Stewards of Children is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety is every adult’s responsibility.
Our goal is simple: to educate and prepare our community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. The training teaches the steps to preventing abuse, recognizing warning signs, and reacting responsibly when abuse occurs. Training credits are are available but we stress that Stewards of Children is for everyone - and is not limited or intended for professionals.
In-person, facilitator led trainings are open to the public and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, school districts, faith centers and nonprofits. Local businesses, large or small, are encouraged to participate.
For more information and to learn about Stewards of Children workshops or online training sessions, contact the following facilitators at the Madison Area YMCA: Email Diane Mann, President and CEO or call 973-822-9622 ext. 2249; Kathy Martini, Director of Human Resources at 973-822-9622 ext. 2287; or Harriet McCarter, Executive Director of the Madison Area YMCA F.M. Kirby Children’s Center at 973-973-377-4945.
Please join the Madison Area YMCA to help end child sexual abuse.
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Download Stewards of Children Information Sheet
* Statistics from Darkness to Light, 7 Radcliff Street, Ste. 200, Charleston, SC. 29403. For more information visit www.d2l.org.