Learn How You Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

HOLYOKE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Did you know that 20 percent of ALL victims of sexual abuse are under the age of eight? Darkness to Light is a nationally acclaimed, non-profit organization that has teamed up with YMCA’s across the country in hopes to end child sexual abuse.

Jennifer Gilburg, Associate Executive Director of the Greater Holyoke YMCA, shared more about their upcoming training program.

Darkness 2 Light – Stewards of Children Training
Stewards of Children is an empowering two-hour workshop that educates adults on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children emphasizes child safety as an adult’s responsibility.

Thursday, May 15th
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Lou Parent Center
Greater Holyoke YMCA

Tickets: $10/person
The training facilitates a safe discussion about the incidence and consequence of abuse and presents information about child protection policies and mandates.

To register call (413) 534-5631 or for more information visit HolyokeYMCA.org.

Statistics:
Approximately 20% of ALL victims of sexual abuse are under the age of 8.
One in 5 children are sexually solicited while on the Internet.
Thirty to forty percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.
As many as 60% are abused by people their family trusts.
One in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
All these numbers add up to an estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse living in the US today.

About the Greater Holyoke YMCA:
The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. The Greater Holyoke YMCA is a philanthropic nonprofit and the birthplace of the sport of volleyball. The Y helps all in the Greater Holyoke community achieve their fullest potential in spirit, mind & body through programs that encourage youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

About Darkness To Light:
Darkness to Light (D2L) is a national non-profit, 501c3, dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse through public education and awareness. D2L programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults on the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of the sexual abuse of children.

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