Turning The Light On

Alarming Statistics

  • 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 42 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are walking among us.
  • In 90% of cases, the child knows and trusts the abuser.
  • Children are victims of 70% of all reported sexual assaults.
  • 40% of sexual abused children are abused by an older or larger child.
  • Survivors of child sexual abuse have a higher likelihood of psychological disorders, excessive drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and violence.

Prevention is the Answer

clientuploads/Email/1in10.jpgThe YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to our communities. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior. Our Y is working with schools, day cares, community organizations, faith groups, and more to train community members to keep our children safe. When adults actively seek to make a difference, a cultural change can occur. We’re working to shift from a norm where child sexual abuse is kept in fear and denial and children are easy targets, to a community where every child is protected through a community of trained and aware adults.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Metro YMCA is joining with YMCAs from all across the country for Five Days of Action from April 16-20 to raise awareness about how to prevent child sexual abuse. 

We want all children to be safe. The safety and protection of children and teens in our care is our primary concern.  Thank you for joining us in raising awareness to keep kids safe! Please click on links below for additional resources and information.

  Information for Parents of Young Children

  Tips for Hiring Caregivers

  Tips for Protecting Youth

Darkness to Light Video Resources:

Talking With Kids (2:16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX57AZjsKkc
Watch this two-minute video to learn how talking with children is important to protect them from sexual abuse. For more in-depth learning, tools, and practical guidelines to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®. Visit www.D2L.org/Stewards for more information.

1 in 10 Children (2:19)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lRIV6ylrj4
Watch this two-minute video to learn the facts about child sexual abuse. For more in-depth learning, tools, and practical guidelines to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®. Visit www.D2L.org/Stewards for more information.

Consequences of Sexual Abuse (2:17)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9bEPApPokU
Watch this two-minute video to learn the facts about child sexual abuse. For more in-depth learning, tools, and practical guidelines to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®. Visit www.D2L.org/Stewards for more information.

Stewards of Children

Prevent Now! Stewards of Children is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety is every adult’s responsibility. Our goal is simple: to educate and prepare our community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. The training teaches the steps to preventing abuse, recognizing warning signs, and reacting responsibly when abuse occurs.

Prevent Now! meetings are community meetings designed to create awareness and have discussions around the issues of child sexual abuse. Meetings are open to the public and are a great first step for those exploring, getting involved and making change.


Be the one who makes a change. Take the first step in protecting children.

Do it for all the precious children in your life.