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We Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Long before highly-publicized cases – Penn State, the Catholic Church, Jaycee Lee Dugard – YMCAs across the country have been addressing child sexual abuse. It’s easy to believe that it could never happen to us. In reality:

  • One in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • In 90% of those cases, the abuser is someone the child, and likely their family, knows and trusts.
  • Most child victims never report the abuse, but it is estimated that there are 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America.

The good news is that there is momentum towards change in our community. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and Darkness to Light have partnered to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to residents of Prince George’s County. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior. Our goal is simple: to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Child safety is every adult’s responsibility.

one trained adult can protect an average of 10 children from  Sexual abuse

Our Y is working with schools, day cares, community organizations, faith groups and more to educate and empower community members to keep our children safe. Our goal is to train 43,000 adults in Prince George’s County by 2017. When adults actively seek to make a difference, a cultural change can occur. To learn more, check out the video below.

How You Can Keep Children Safe

Join us for an upcoming Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children workshop. It may be one of the most important and meaningful things you can do for yourself and your community.

Help us preserve the innocence, confidence and potential of each and every child. To participate, please contact John DeGout at (202) 797-4468 or via email.


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Local Support of Darkness to Light Training

Click here to learn all about the partnership between the Y, Prince George’s County and Darkness to Light!

Washington Post – “YMCAs Train Communities To Recognize Signs of Child Abuse”

Maryland Gazette – “County leaders vie to end child sexual abuse

MCASA (Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Abuse) – “Child sexual abuse training in Prince George’s County