You can make our community safe for children
The Capital District YMCA has pledged to make our community safer by offering child sexual abuse prevention training. We’re offering free online training to community organizations to ensure that everyone can prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.
Did you know…
1 out of 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems.
The Darkness to Light (D2L) program understands that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why D2L exists – to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.
You can receive this award winning training online for free through the Capital District YMCA
At the conclusion of the training your organization will demonstrate the following:
- Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse;
- New skills for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse;
- Proactive, positive change to organizational policies and procedures; and
- Individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan.
The training is two hours, contains a mix of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance for prevention of child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a tough topic. Some of the survivor stories may affect you in a personal way. These stories reflect the personal experiences of actual survivors. These are the experiences children face when they are sexually abused, thus Darkness to Light choose to include them.
Thank you for your commitment to end child sexual abuse.