Provided by SCAN of Northern Virginia
This week, SCAN of Northern Virginia hosted a Stewards of Children training on child sexual abuse prevention. It was the 6th training SCAN offered this summer, and marked the 1,000th adult trained by SCAN in the nationally-recognized program from Darkness to Light.
Since partnering with Darkness to Light three years ago, SCAN has provided trainings for organizations across Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, including childcare centers, faith groups, summer camps, school
districts, volunteer groups, parent groups and more. SCAN partners with the Center for Alexandria’s Children, another D2L partner, for trainings in Alexandria.
“Even though I have done 20 trainings and trained 358 adults myself, I learn something new every time,” said Tracy Leonard, SCAN’s Public Education Manager and a certified Stewards of Children facilitator. “Sometimes it is details about the survivors who are sharing their stories and sometimes it is new tips and scenarios. There is one constant though from each training: children need to experience a safe, happy, and healthy childhood and it is an adult’s responsibility to help protect them and make it so.”
Local organizations interested in sponsoring a training can contact SCAN of Northern Virginia at 703-820-9001.
Darkness to Light has been in the national news recently for its work with cable network TLC to produce the documentary Breaking the Silence, a documentary on child sexual abuse following the stories of abuse in the Duggar family featured the network’s series 19 Kids and Counting.
About SCAN of Northern Virginia
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our vision is
that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow. We EDUCATE the community about
the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; PROVIDE direct parent education; and ADVOCATE for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.
Learn more about SCAN at www.scanva.org @scanofnova