Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children®

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Open to the public training dates for the 2016 year are February 26, April 29, July 29, and October 28. All are from 10 AM - 12 PM at the Sexual Assault Center. To register email kjanecek@sacenter.org.


SAC is proud to be part of the Nashville Child Protection Coalition.

The Nashville Child Protection Coalition is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, businesses and faith communities who share a common vision to see all children in Nashville grow up healthy and whole.

The coalition is led by the steering committee organizations including Family and Children's Services, Magdalene, Nashville Children's Alliance, Our Kids, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, Sexual Assault Center, and Tennessee Children's Advocacy Centers.

We are coordinating our efforts to bring Stewards of Children to Nashville businesses, organizations and community groups in order to shift the societal perspective on child sexual abuse and make prevention part of our culture.

We have educated 5,852 people so far. Help us keep climbing!

Our goal is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse by teaching 5% of the adult population in Nashville - 24,500 adults - how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It has been determined in Malcom Gladwell's Tipping Point that it takes a 5% impact to create community change on an issue.

For more information or to schedule a training contact Kim Janecek at kjanecek@sacenter.org.

"When I signed up for this seminar, I really had no idea what to expect. I figured that it would be a challenging day for me, emotionally, because child sexual abuse is usually difficult to talk about. I was actually enlightened and inspired."
- Southern Oregon University Student

It's easy to tell you that Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. That it offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.

This is all true, but it doesn't really tell you why Stewards of Children is different from other training programs; why it applies to you; why you will leave the training with the desire and ability to make change happen.

Why is this program different?

Stewards of Children uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children.

You'll meet survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You'll meet experts who work with children and families, and confront abuse on a daily basis. Many of these survivors and experts are also parents, themselves.

Why does it apply to me?

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.

This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know and care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It's going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not - unless you stop it from happening. And the good news is, it can be stopped.

"Eye opening. Everyone near, around, or who sees children should have this training."
- Law Enforcement Representative

Why would I want to make changes, even if I could?

What if we told you five simple steps can show you how to protect children of all ages from child sexual abuse? That a few simple actions can have far-reaching positive effects?

The 5 Steps to Protecting our Children can be used by families, communities, recreation facilities, faith centers, educational institutions, and a wide variety of other youth serving organizations to create safer environments for children. One person can create change in a community and together, a community can create new cultural norms that nurture children and protect them from child sexual abuse.

"It is good to walk away and not feel helpless."
- Focus Group Participant

Darkness to Light is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPtm) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.