Partnering with Darkness to Light to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
I have always believed that storytelling is the most impactful means of communication. It is how we learn. It is how we affect change. It is how we develop emotional connections. We are proud to debut a short documentary on Darkness to Light (D2L), a national nonprofit that seeks to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Please take 3 minutes to learn more about the incredible work being done by this team and how they are scaling this important program.
Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to get to know the wonderful people at Darkness to Light (D2L) and hear their story. In 2013, they were awarded an Impact Grant from the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation to scale the impact of their online education program.
From the first time I heard Cindy McElhinney, D2L's Director of Programs, speak to our team, I knew we needed to share their story with a broader audience for two very different reasons:
- Their mission has universal importance. Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent health problems children face, with a serious array of consequences. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. 90% of the time it’s by someone the child knows and trusts. This is an uncomfortable issue for many of us to think about, discuss, or act on. Whether or not we have children or work with them directly, there are practical steps we can all take to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse in our community.
- Their programmatic challenge is shared by many nonprofit organizations. D2L is a small nonprofit – 12 employees in Charleston, SC – but their goal is to deliver their education program to millions of adults around the world. Cindy and her team have seen firsthand the impact their Stewards of Children training has had on the lives of adults and children. Their challenge comes in raising awareness both of the issue and of their solution. And then having the technology and support in place to deliver their program at scale.
Share this documentary with someone who would benefit from hearing their story. And help bring the issue of child sexual abuse to light.