We are proud to be designated as a 2023-2024 DARKNESS TO LIGHT Partner in Prevention
Experts estimate one in 10 children - or 400,000 each year - will experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. At the Y, we know that ending child sexual abuse takes a cooperative community effort. That's why we've partnered with Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and creators of the award-winning Stewards of Children™ curriculum. Prevention training for staff, volunteers and parents creates a culture of awareness. This program teaches adults to recognize the signs of sexual abuse in children, identify unsafe behaviors by adults and react responsibly if warning signs exist. Prevention training for adults creates an environment with much less opportunity for those who may offend.
As you know, at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, child protection is our number one priority. Our goal is to help educate parents and children on how to be safe from child abuse in any environment with the skills they learn at our Y. Our team trained on comprehensive and innovative practices around child safety to ensure your children are safe in our care.
While we cannot eliminate all threats, we want to do what we can to ensure that the children in our care are safe. When entering the Y all members, participants, and guests must have a valid picture ID that will be scanned through a national child abuse database. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel the membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access.
We appreciate your cooperation.