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​5 Steps to Protecting Our Children


Step 1:  
LEARN THE FACTS

1 in 10 children are sexually abused.   90% of them know their abuser.

Step 2:  
MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITY

Eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations to decrease risk for abuse.

 Step 3:  
 TALK ABOUT IT

Have open conversations with children about our bodies, sexual abuse, and boundaries.

Step 4:  
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS

Know the signs of abuse to protect children from further harm. 

 Step 5: 
REACT RESPONSIBLY

Respond to risky behaviors and act on suspicions.


JOIN THE MOVEMENT

3 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED!
Volunteer your time.
Financially support services for child abuse victims.
Bring a Darkness to Light training to your organization.

Darkness to Light is a nationwide initiative designed to teach parents, grandparents, and professionals how to protect children from child sexual abuse and what to do if a child reports abuse to them.  Since September 2012, the Child Advocacy Center has trained over 6,400 adults in Rutherford and Cannon Counties.  The Child Advcoacy Center has set a goal to train 10,500 Rutherford and Cannon County parents and grandparents– this represents 5% of the adult population.