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Peninsula YMCA Helping Adults Come Together to Protect Children From Sexual Abuse
Submitted by Skip Ferebee

PYMCAH imageNewport News, VA – The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 22-26, 2019. Leading up to Healthy Kids Day®--a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids--Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can prevent child sexual abuse.

During April and all year long, the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the Virginia peninsulas a safer place for children. This year’s Five Days of Action theme is "Know. See. Respond.” When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.

"Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” said Adam Klutts, Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA’s CEO. "Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.”

The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA centers will have materials available during the Five Days of Action, April 22- 26, for people who want to know how to make our communities safer for children. This is done with the help of YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing child sexual abuse.

For more information about preventing child sexual abuse visit fivedaysofaction.org.

Materials are derived from YMCA of the USA’s "Know. See. Respond.” copyrighted in 2019.

What to do if you believe a child is being abused - Provided by Darkness to Light:
  • You do not need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child or adult, or both. Or, you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them.
  • Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.
  • Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FORLIGHT or text LIGHT to 741741 to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.7 million adults have been trained using Darkness to Light trainings. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.

 





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