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 Darkness to Light is a nationwide initiative designed to teach parents, grandparents, and professionals how to protect children from child sexual abuse and what to do if a child reports abuse to them.  



Since September 2012, the Child Advocacy Center has trained over 10,000 adults in Rutherford and Cannon Counties. 


The Child Advocacy Center has set a goal to train 10,500 Rutherford and Cannon County parents and grandparents– this represents 5% of the adult population. 

5 Steps to Protect Our Children

Step 1:  LEARN THE FACTS

1 in 10 children are sexually abused.   90% of them know their abuser.

Step 2:  MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITY

Eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations to decrease risk for abuse.

 Step 3:   TALK ABOUT IT

Have open conversations with children about our bodies, sexual abuse, and boundaries.

Step 4:  RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS

Know the signs of abuse to protect children from further harm. 

 Step 5: REACT RESPONSIBLY

Respond to risky behaviors and act on suspicions.

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