Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Community training to prevent childhood sexual abuse

Guest blog by Deb Robison

The Norwood Community Coalition is participating in an initiative called Darkness to Light. It is a national program aimed at reducing childhood sexual abuse through the training of adults. The website is Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has established a work group to address the concerns childhood sexual abuse. Through their research, the committee has recommended Darkness to Light to be a county wide initiative. Some facts:
  1. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18
  2. 90% are abused by someone trusted by the child or family
  3. 40% are abused by a member of the family
  4. the cost per child for intervention and treatment is $14,345 annually
  5. In Hamilton County the immediate costs of child sexual abuse are over $9.3 million dollars
Darkness to Light provides a Seven Step Prevention Program which educates adults on both the effect of abuse and strategies for preventing abuse. This evidenced-based training is designed with the adult learner in mind. Members of the Norwood Community Coalition have committed to a goal of reaching 500 adults who live or work in Norwood with this training.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we will be celebrating by offering dates for community training. Our first two confirmed dates are Thursday, April, 29 and Thursday, May 20. Both will be at the Norwood Middle School library from 6:00-8:30 with dinner provided (with an RSVP). You need only attend one of the sessions. Both of the dates are hosted by the Norwood After School Programs and are open to anyone in the community. While the training typically costs $10 per person we have been fortunate to have 200 slots covered by a grant to Children’s Hospital. Additionally, with drug confiscation money, the Norwood Police Department has sponsored JoAnn Payne (Social Worker in the High School) to become a local facilitator. We are also extremely grateful to the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation which has agreed to provide funding after the Children’s Hospital Grant runs out.

Anyone with questions or a desire to attend training should contact me at 924-2768 or via email at

Deb Robison
Family and Children First Coordinator

3/2/6/10 UPDATE: Deb Robison tells us a third training has been added. It will be from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Norwood Branch Library on Thursday, April 4.