The YMCA has partnered with numerous organizations to bring child abuse awareness and prevention to our communities. At the Summit Area YMCA, we stand committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who enters our doors or participates in our programs, most importantly the safety and well-being of children entrusted to our care. We have a series of measures in place to keep kids safe. Through training sessions, community resources, and workshops, the Y educates adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety and prevention is every adult’s responsibility. Our work is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, where children can grow up happy, healthy and safe.
The Summit Area YMCA takes pride in providing safe places for children to grow in skills and self-confidence. Learn more on how the Y keeps your children safeguarded against abuse through staff trainings, protocols, and ongoing knowledge of awareness and prevention here.
The safety and well-being of children at the Y is, and always will be, our top priority. We know that today.
> 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the U.S. experience sexual abuse by the age of 18.
> 90 percent of children who are abused know the abuser.
> There are more than 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. Yet, many child victims may never disclose their abuse.
> 1 in 5 children is solicited sexually on the Internet before the age of 18.
Yet, when adults collectively understand the risks and red flags of child sexual abuse, we can do more to keep kids safe. When we all take action, abuse is preventable.
With your help, we strive to decrease these statistics and create a safer community and future for all, especially our children. If you have children, work with children or care about children, we encourage you to view the resources today!
The impact of child sexual abuse is devastating for survivors, but also affects those close to them, as well as the surrounding community. It is the root cause of many social and health issues and touches all of us in one way or another.
The health and social impacts of child sexual abuse on a survivor last a lifetime and affect us all socially and financially. The average lifetime cost per victim of child abuse is $210,012, costing the U.S. billions annually.
About Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.9 million adults have been trained using Darkness to Light trainings. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.
About Praesidium Inc.
At Praesidium, their mission is to prevent the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults and to preserve trust in respected organizations. For more than 30 years, Praesidium's experts have worked to prevent sexual abuse. For more information, visit www.praesidiuminc.com.
About Redwoods Group Foundation
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. We currently focus on child sexual abuse prevention, drowning prevention, and growing the field of social entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.redwoodsgroup.com.
Stewards of Children®
In part of Darkness to Light, this prevention training features real people and real stories about protecting children from sexual abuse. The framework of the training is built off the foundation of The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™. For more information, visit www.d2l.org/stewards-of-children.