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Free Webinar: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children

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Free Webinar: Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children
Published: August 28, 2023

TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center is providing this free Stewards of Children training to all interested adults who want to know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to child sexual abuse. This free training is 2.5 hours and will include specific information regarding exceptional children. Exceptional children are 3 times more likely to be sexually abused prior to the age of 18.

The training is appropriate for parents and other adults who want to know how to protect children from child sexual abuse. However, the training is also approved for continuing education credit for nurses, therapists, substance abuse professionals, childcare workers, law enforcement staff, and others.

Register for the September Event

Learn more about Stewards of Children Training

About Darkness to Light:

Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to equip and empower adults to be proactive in preventing child sexual abuse, through adult-focused prevention education. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is a trauma and evidence-informed, training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

About Tedi Bear Advocacy:

The TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy is the largest children’s advocacy center in North Carolina and is accredited to provide a full spectrum of assessment, treatment, education, and prevention to for children, up to 18 years old, who may have been victims of child abuse or neglect.

Our name stands for Tender Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Intervention for a BEtter Abuse Response. The center is a partnership between the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC.


Did you know?

  • Children with disabilities are at higher risk for child sexual abuse than children without disabilities. (Children with disabilities are at 3 times the risk of sexual abuse compared with typically developing peers.)
  • The risk of sexual abuse is excaberated and heightened because of unique dynamics related to disability and the supports these children receive. (The children with the greatest risk of abuse were children who had special education classroom supports.)
  • There is an alarming lack of primary prevention efforts geared to preventing sexual abuse of children with disabilities. Children with disabilities who experience sexual abuse are less likely to receive the services and supports they need to heal and seek justice. (Multiple factors have been found to contribute to this increased rate of sexual abuse in children with disabilities, including the increased number of caregivers that children with disabilities encounter and limited access to information and training on personal safety and sexual abuse prevention.)

Sources: sexual-abuse-of-children-with-disabilities-national-snapshot-v2.pdf (delaware.gov)
Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities | Pediatrics | American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org)