Habersham County Reaches Tipping Point in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Five percent of the adult population is now trained to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse using Darkness to Light’s award-winning Stewards of Children® program

Prevent Child Abuse Habersham has reached a milestone in child protection.

By training five percent of the adult population in our families, schools, and youth serving organizations with Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children®” child sexual abuse prevention program, we have reached a tipping point in creating new standards of child safety. This lays the foundation for a proactive, community-wide approach to prevention and builds momentum toward educating and empowering all adults to protect children.

Statistics for child sexual abuse are startling. In the United States alone, one in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18, making this likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In over 90% of incidents, children are abused by someone they know, but in Habersham County, over 1700 adults are trained to create environments that reduce the risk for abuse and allow children to learn, play, and worship in safety.

Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a relatively small amount of people can effect change on a societal level. Building upon Malcolm Gladwell’s tipping point research, Darkness to Light encourages every community to educate five percent of its population to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, providing a foundation for widespread social change.

“Five percent is a small, attainable goal that has dramatic effect on community prevention efforts,” said Darkness to Light Director of Programs Cindy McElhinney. “This is the point when we see training initiatives take a life of their own, and we applaud Prevent Child Abuse Habersham for their efforts to create a community where children can grow and thrive.”

Prevent Child Abuse Habersham would like to thank its community partners and its volunteer facilitators that supported this prevention initiative and were instrumental in helping reach tipping point, but most importantly helping create a safer community for the children in Habersham County. Community partners:  Habersham County School System, The Northeast Georgian, Clarkesville Kiwanis Club, Habersham Family Connection, Habersham County Recreation Department, Adults Protecting Children and WCHM. Volunteer authorized facilitators for Darkness to Light: Donnie Bennett, Michelle Blackburn, Leah Bramlett, Myra Chandler, Rosa Gaines, Anna Jordan, Dan Keef, Lee Kilby, Holly McShane, Jennifer Stein, and School Liaison-Kathleen Clement. We also appreciate Clarkesville’s Kiwanis Club for hosting our tipping point celebration and including all of the community partners during this special luncheon!

Join the prevention movement today: you could be the 1751st person in our community trained to prevent child sexual abuse during our next training blitz being held on Monday, August 1st at the Habersham County Aquatics Center. Make a commitment today to protect the children in your life. Contact Jennifer Stein of PCAH at 706-968-9637 for education, training, and volunteer opportunities in your area. www.preventchildabusehabersham.org

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Pictured left to right is Regional Director for Georgia’s Center for Child Advocacy Steve Collins, PCAH Director Jennifer Stein, PCAH President Myra Chandler and Georgia’s Center for Child Advocacy’s Program Manager Nikki Berger. Photo by Kimberly Brown

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All of the community partners that helped support this initiative: Habersham County School System, The Northeast Georgian, Clarkesville Kiwanis Club, Habersham Family Connection, Habersham County Recreation Department, Adults Protecting Children and WCHM. Photo by Kimberly Brown.

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Volunteer authorized facilitators for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Training from left to right: Michelle Blackburn, Kathleen Clement, Rosa Gaines, GCCA Program Manager Nikki Berger, Myra Chandler, GCCA Regional Director Steve Collins, and Jennifer Stein. Not pictured Donnie Bennett, Leah Bramlett, Anna Jordan, Dan Keef, Lee Kilby, Holly McShane. Photo by Kimberly Brown.

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Clarkesville Kiwanis Club hosted a luncheon for the award presentation by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Pictured is cake created by Sugartopia “Celebrating Great Childhoods”.

 

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