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.
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.