What is Darkness to light?

Darkness to Light is a national organization that empowers people to prevent sexual abuse through their Stewards of Children training module.
The Stewards of Children training teaches adults to identify the warning signs of sexual abuse and how to react responsibly.

The 2-hour training focuses on five steps to prevent and respond to the reality of child sexual abuse.

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  • 1
    Learn the facts

    If we don’t understand child sexual abuse, we can’t end it. It is highly likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused.

  • 2
    Minimize opportunity

    Safe environments can help reduce the risk for abuse. More than 80% of sexual abuse cases occur in isolated, one-on-one situations.

  • 3
    Talk about it

    Talking openly breaks down barriers and reduces stigma. By talking openly about our bodies, sex, & boundaries we can encourage children to share.

  • 4
    Recognize the signs

    Signs of abuse aren’t always obvious, but they are often there. Emotional or behavioral changes are often the most common signs.

  • 5
    React responsibly

    It’s our responsibility to react appropriately to suspicion, disclosure, or discovery of abuse. Only 4% to 8% of reports of all sexual abuse are false.

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In 2013, Crisis Nursery received funds through United Way from the University of Illinois as part of a legal settlement between the Big Ten and Penn State University due to the Jerry Sandusky case. The funds were used to provide this training to staff and community members.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this training was made available in a virtual format. Find additional information and upcoming trainings in your area by visiting the Darkness to Light website.

You may contact the Nursery at 217.337.2731 with any further questions.

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