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YMCA promoting child protection during National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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The Duneland Family YMCA is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 16-20. Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can step up and speak out to prevent child sexual abuse.

During April and all year long, the Duneland Y encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the Duneland communities a safer place for children. By encouraging adults tocspeak out, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and foster 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 Shannon Spratley, Duneland Family YMCA COO. "Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and speak out to encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us."

Current statistics

Darkness to Light, a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse, tells the current statistics on childhood sexual abuse: one child in ten will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday; 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser; approximately 30% of those children are abused by family members; 60% of sexual abuse victims never tell anyone; and false reports are rare. Research shows that only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light's flagship program, Stewards of Children, is a one-of-a-kind, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.4 million adults have been trained using the program. For more information, visit

Making a report to protect a child

Absolute proof that abuse is occurring is not needed 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.

Duneland Family YMCA and the 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. The Redwoods Group Foundation supports programs that can change the world and helps them reach more people than ever before, through funding and backbone support. Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. For more information about preventing child sexual abuse visit Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FOR-LIGHT to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.

The Duneland Family YMCA has been serving the Duneland communities for more than fifty years focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

For information about Y programs and services call 926-4204.




Posted 4.12.2919




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