On December 16, 2011, SCAN held its first Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training. Since that time, we have had thirty-four trainings. On Saturday June 1, we held our largest training yet, training 63 members of the Open Door Presbyterian Church in Herndon. Statistics told church members that children within their own congregation were suffering from child sexual abuse. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Members had to act. They had to protect their children.
Three of our authorized facilitators presented the training to ODPC members, asking them questions that challenged their own beliefs and knowledge about sexual abuse. The facilitators will continue to be there for the group as they edit their codes of conduct and policies within the church.
As of June 1, 2014, our authorized facilitators have now trained 522 people across Northern Virginia!
Think of that –
522 adults who are better equipped to prevent child sexual abuse
522 adults in our communities who can recognize signs that a child is suffering from sexual abuse
522 adults who are not afraid to act on behalf of a child because they are making choices, taking risks, and supporting one another
522 adults who have created, rewritten or are enforcing codes of conduct and policies within the organizations they serve
Our work is not done yet. Do you know the signs of child sexual abuse? Do you know what to do to minimize the chance of child sexual abuse happening? Do you know what to do if a child discloses sexual abuse, if you discover it, or you suspect it? SCAN has a network of twenty facilitators who are ready to come to you and awaken the power within YOU to prevent child sexual abuse.
Please contact me for more information.
– Tracy Leonard