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McGruff™ Names Stewards of Children 2007 Crime Prevention Program of the Year!!!

The National Crime Prevention Council has named Darkness to Light their Crime Prevention Program of the Year for 2007. The McGruff Crime Prevention Award for Excellence was presented at the National Conference on Preventing Crime in Atlanta on October 4th.

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CEO of Darkness to Light, Anne Lee, Receives Award

In August 2005 Anne Lee received the Charleston Regional Business Journal Innovator of the Year Award. The award honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated the spirit of innovation by creating new products, services, programs or processes that have had a positive effect on their business, industry or community.

Anne Lee attends Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit for the Fourth Year

Anne Lee, CEO of Darkness to Light, has been a participant in Fortune's Most Powerful Women Sumit for the fourth year in a row (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003). The Summit is the world's premiere gathering of women leaders in business, government, academia, philanthropy, and the arts. Each fall, a select group comes together to interact, debate and learn. The program is diverse and designed to facilitate conversation that is energetic and engaging. Participation is by invitation only.

Darkness to Light Recieves Federal Grant

Posted Courtesy of The Post and Courier (http://www.charleston.net)

The Commerce Department awarded the Charleston anti-child sex abuse group From Darkness to Light a $461,208 grant to build an online training program.

The grant will be used for the group's "Stewards of Children" curriculum, a Web-based program to help organizations learn about the issue of child sexual abuse, said the group's director, Anne Lee.

From Darkness to Light plans to create online tools that help organizations develop policies and set up a Web site to share information. The group competed with nearly 500 applicants for the federal matching grant program.

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Gracie's Choice

Darkness to Light partnered with Lifetime Television on the issue of child abuse. The lifetime original movie, Gracie's Choice, stars Anne Heche, Diane Ladd, and Kristen Bell. The movie was orginally aired in 2002.

"Gracie's Choice" on Amazon | Chat about Gracie's Choice on Lifetime.com

Darkness to Light featured in Parenting Magazine

Are you doing all you can to protect your child from sexual abuse? The standard advice is wrong: Here's what it takes to really keep kids safe
By Jessica Snyder Sachs

Article Printed in October, 2003 Parenting Magazine ( www.parenting.com)

Preventing the Unthinkable

Darkness to Light Named as Noteworthy Public Awareness and Education Campaign by the Department of Health and Human Services

Darkness to Light was recognized in a report released April 2003 called Emerging Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The report stated "Darkness to Light is a noteworthy public awareness and education campaign in that it shifts the responsibility of child sexual abuse prevention from children to adults.

Utilizing common sense messages for adults and parents, the public service announcements and advertisements center around preventing situations from happening, recognizing signs and reacting responsibly. The initiative also follows up their media message by providing a hotline for information and referral to local resources, and is developing a training and education program for educators, the faith community, and physicians on recognizing and responding to signs of child sexual abuse."

Eve Ensler and John Walsh Receive Voice of Courage Award

At Darkness to Light's annual Gala, Lauren Hutton, distinguished supermodel, actress and entrepreneur, presented the Voice of Courage Award, recognizing the power of voice around the issue of child sexual abuse to Eve Ensler, noted playwright, activist, artistic director and founder of V-Day. Ms. Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. Her work grows out of her own personal experiences with violence. Her Obie-award-winning play, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. Shown from left are Eve Ensler and Lauren Hutton.

The other recipient of the Voice of Courage Award was John Walsh, Creator and Host of “America’s Most Wanted” and “The John Walsh Show.” He also founded the Adam Walsh Foundation after the tragic death of his son. Due to contract restrictions with NBC, John Walsh was unable to attend in person, but recorded his acceptance remarks via video.

Photo by Mindy Spar of Charleston Post and Courier

Women Making a Difference presented its first grant award at a celebration on Nov. 14, 2002 at McCrady's in Charleston. From Darkness to Light was awarded $13,000 which will be used to pay for the School Child Abuse Liason in Charleston County. Shown are (from Left), Bobbi Conner, Laura Riley, Jeanne Krider and Anne Lee.

The position of School Child Abuse Liaison is needed to serve Charleston County schools. The single most important way to reduce the impact of child sexual abuse is to do a better job of recognizing and reacting responsibly to child victims of sexual abuse and this position responds to the fact that children who do disclose most often do so to a teacher. It is the job of the Liaison to train and consult with school personnel to improve their ability to recognize signs of abuse and neglect, develop appropriate responses to the disclosure, and report suspected abuse. The position began in 2000. In the first seven months of the 2001-2002 school year, the Liaison conducted fourteen trainings and consulted on 191 cases of suspected child abuse – double the number of the preceding year.

Darkness To Light Fall Auction

The following appeared in January/February 2001 Charleston Magazine.
Photos by Liz Brion

The stakes were high at the From Darkness To Light candlelight auction, where top bidders received exciting trips to destinations across the country, including Aspen, Breckenridge, Carmel, and New York City. The event raised $75,000 to help prevent child sexual abuse. Top left: Amy Collins, Terri Henning, Weesie and Tradd Newton, Nancy and Jen Snowden. Bottom: Left: Hank Hofford, Executive Director Anne Lee, and board member, Rusty Bennett.

Due to the generosity of those who contributed items for auction and those who purchased them, we were able to raise about $75,000, more than exceeding our expectations. Great thanks to all of you who participated. These dollars will help us offer hope and a helping hand to those who have suffered.

Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina Joins Darkness to Light to Fight Child Sexual Abuse in the Midlands

Darkness to Light (D2L) and Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina joined forces to bring the powerful media campaign and prevention program to the midlands of South Carolina. The Columbia SC launch date is November 15, 2001. D2L was initially created to partner with other not-for-profits throughout the nation for expansion of our primary prevention program for child sexual abuse. "We are very excited that our first partner is a neighbor", stated John G. Davis, Board of Directors chairman. D2L is currently in conversation and negotiation with several significant cities in the southeast and anticipates a minimum of two additional sites in 2002. While we are testing the program in the southeast, we are simultaneously planning for our national launch, working with a nationally known advertising firm to create a true cause related marketing campaign with a major corporate sponsor.

Media Campaign Boosted by Regional Providers

A multi-level media campaign continues to reinforce the D2L message throughout the Lowcountry in the first quarter of year 2002.

The TV schedule currently running on local cable and network television channels, All four commercials are being shown with corresponding radio commercials being aired. The pictured billboard above is being shown to depict that terror that children have endured for decades.

By utilizing a variety of media simultaneously for an extended period, From Darkness to Light is able to achieve the best possible media reach to its target audiences. This year’s media budget has been greatly extended by the contributions of Adams Outdoor, Clear Channel Communications, Citadel Broadcasting, Media Networks, Inc. (MNI), Gulfstream Communications, Skirt! Magazine, and Atlantic Publication Group, Inc. MNI has been instrumental facilitating full-page ads in regional issues of Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and US News & World Report.

"Too Many Children" have been abused and we don’t even know it...

kids on beach The April 2001 launch of our 'Too Many Children' commercial/ Public Service Announcement exposes the unacceptable statistics that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Check out our Shocking Statistics page to understand the appalling reality of child sexual abuse. Shocking Statistics

Darkness to Light Presents two Programs to highlight 'National Prevent Child Abuse Month 2001'

john brannen The John Brannen Band Concert
Charleston Legend John Brannen and his star-studded band will mesmerize the audience with “roots rock.”. John has been described as Bruce Sprucestein meets Rhett Butler. This is John’s only concert prior to his European Tour summer of 2001.

family District IX, PTA and From Darkness to Light present 'How To Talk To Your Child About Child Sexual Abuse'
Dr. M. Elizabeth Ralston, Executive Director of Lowcountry Children’s Center will offer parents an incredibly candid and informative session of what to look for, what to say, what not to say and what to do with your children around the issue of child abuse. This is a must for every parent.

More than 60,000 blue ribbons given out during National Child Sexual Abuse Month

blue ribbon ad 2001Darkness to Light worked together with The Exchange Club Center and Prevent Child Abuse SC to give out blue ribbons at various events in April. We asked that these blue ribbons be worn to show commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect. Together, we gave out over 60,000 ribbons, a 140% increase over the previous year. We hope to do even better the next year.

'Swing' commercial/ Public Service Announcement Launches Feb 2001

Swing candidly exposes that 50% of teen pregnancies are caused by adult men having sex with underage girls. This tragedy costs our country over $7B per year.

Want To Do Something About Teen Pregnancy? Stop Adult Men From Having Sex With Young Girls!!

Teen pregnancy is a significant problem in today's society. Not only do teenage pregnancies interfere with the success in life that these girls might ultimately achieve, teen mothers are a burden to all of us, requiring far more public assistance than adult counterparts. Further, children born to teens tend to be both socially and economically disadvantaged.

Programs to reduce teen pregnancy typically focus on girls who are most at risk. Very little is done to address a major part of the problem: a large percentage of teen pregnancies are the result of significantly older men having sex with young girls. Our society recognizes that children and young teens do not always have the maturity to responsibly consent to sex, and for this reason these acts are illegal, labeled as statutory rape. In the case of teen pregnancy, however, these laws are rarely enforced.

Isn't it strange that significantly older men who impregnate young girls are not held legally accountable for their actions? Doesn't enforcing our existing laws seem like the most sensible way to do something about teen pregnancy?

conference 2000
Featured speaker, Marilyn Van Derbur with Executive Director of From Darkness To Light, Anne Lee, and conference chair woman, Sarah King

Educator's Conference

The 2000 From Darkness to Light conference was October 13, 2000, at the Charleston Music Hall, John Street, Charleston, SC. Nationally recognized speakers were Marilyn Van Debur, John Lee and Dr. Tom Reed. Scholarships were generously provided by the Trident United Way. The next conference will be October, 2001. Details will follow as they are firmed up.

Placement of a Child Abuse Liaison

child Through funds raised at last year's fund raising campaign and a generous grant from The Humanities Foundation, our organization has been able to place a Child Abuse Liaison within Charleston County Public Schools. The liaison is a resource for teachers, guidance counselors and other educators around the issue of child abuse. Workshops and one on one education will be provided to help educators understand, spot and deal with our children when abuse is suspected. The liaison will also offer educators information about how to interface with other agencies to best serve the child and family. Reality... we have one Child Abuse School Liaison for 80 schools. A drop in the right bucket... A step in the right direction...but we still have a ways to go. If you would like to help - volunteering or financial support, please click on our 'Make A Difference' page below.

Skirt! Magazine Article

numbers These are some of the shocking statistics that motivated a small group of Charlestonians to take action and develop a primary prevention program for child sexual abuse called From Darkness to Light (D2L). You might have seen their national award-winning television public service announcements, heard their spots on radio, seen the billboards or read of their program recently in print.

D2L began five years ago when founder Cindy Tew made a donation to the Center for Women to create a public forum for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. The Center for Women then partnered with Lowcountry Children's Center and People Against Rape to present a successful annual conference which has occurred for the past four years. But just one year ago, D2L took a decidedly different turn

There are two primary components that separate Darkness to Light from the vast majority of other prevention programs:
  1. Adults are responsible for the safety of children, therefore all of D2L media and programs are targeted to adults. Most prevention programs encourage us to teach our children what is appropriate and inappropriate, teach our children to tell if something "bad" happens, teach our children to say NO!

    "Adults are responsible for the abuse and adults must take the responsibility to keep children safe." says Executive Director Anne Lee. "While we believe that children should be empowered to own their bodies and know that if something bad happens, it is not their guilt and shame. The community of adults must be mandated to keep children safe."

  2. From Darkness to Light acts as a flashlight on the issue of abuse and on all the great resources our community has to deal with the issue of child abuse. D2L is does not duplicate or replicate any services offered by other organizations. "We're here to highlight the work of other organizations that provide services to children and families." underscores John G. Davis, chairman of the D2L Board of Directors.

D2L also has partnered with Hotline for crisis and information calls that are generated by their media campaign. Anne Lee commented, "Many people have said, ' I didn't realize those were local PSAs. I thought D2L was a national program.' It is, I say, we're just starting in Charleston." D2L already has many communities who want the program, and it is anticipated that in the next eighteen months, it will be exported to at least three other locales.

Darkness to Light Wins Award For Their Commitment to Caring

On November 10, 2003, Rob Lorys, Vice President of marketing for Georgia Pacific, makers of Quilted Northern bath tissue, awarded the non-profit group, Darkness to Light, a $25,000 donation for their commitment to caring. Quilted Northern's donation was part of their sponsorship of ABC Daytime's The View from Your Hometown Contest. In addition to the donation, Charleston residents were treated to a live broadcast of "The View" from their hometown.

Birbower Receives Points of Light Award

Congratulations to Stewart Birbrower on Receiving Points of Light Award For His Volunteer Work With Darkness to Light!!

April 23, 2003 Is Stewart Birbrower Day (Click to see more)

Darkness to Light won the Silver Addy

Darkness to Light won the Silver Addy for the states of SC, NC and VA this year for the category Public Awareness Campaign. That means we have won both years we have had our commercials on the air. Congratulations to the team for a spectacular campaign. The results have been awesome!

Darkness to Light Selected by the Charleston City Paper in Their Annual 'Best of Charleston' Issue

EXCERPT: Darkness to Light's mission is to create public awareness about childhood sexual abuse. They got off to a helluva good start with a series of locally-produced national television ads that'll curl the hair on the back of your neck. Integral to the mission's success are the people involved in it, and their willingness to 'out' themselves as victims. Gutsy, courageous and caring. Now, that's a motto that would put even the Boy Scouts to shame.

Tellys, Adweek, Shoot and Other Such Matters

Darkness to Light wins two national Telly Awards for their PSAs. This powerful media campaign that highlights the staggering prevalence of abuse has had a tremendous impact on the Charleston community since launching the medial campaign late November 2000.

'We are humbled so many in our community have called Hotline, gone to our web-site and are taking advantage of the information and community resources that are available. The program works!'

Telly Awards, founded in 1980, showcase and give recognition to outstanding non-network and cable TV commercials. The standard of excellence by which Telly Awards are determined, is best described by the firms who won last year and set this year’s standard of excellence: Chevrolet, GM, Heineken, Wal-Mart, Wendy’s International, Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Miramax Films, Lexus, Warner Bros.,Master Card International, Johnson & Johnson, etc. Our wins were featured in Shoot and AdWeek, both leading ad work periodicals.

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