Darkness to Light has aspired to reach a tipping point with adults in their home state of South Carolina to make sure that they are “actively preventing child sexual abuse by training 5% of the adult population to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse!” This idea comes from The Tipping Point, a book by Malcolm Gladwell that says social change can occur if 5% of any given population is influenced to think and act a certain way.
So what does that mean in Northern Virginia? Our tipping point would be 115,000. Can we do that? At SCAN, we would certainly like to think that is attainable. We alone have trained 1,129 adults and have a network of facilitators across the region who are training even more. Other local organizations – including the Center for Alexandria’s Children, Arlington CAC and Quantico Marine Base Family Advocacy Program – also provide trainings in the area.
We realize at SCAN that we cannot do this alone. I am now a certified instructor with Darkness to Light, meaning I can train other facilitators to continue to build capacity in Northern Virginia to train even more adults in Stewards of Children. As of May 12th, there are now 7 more authorized facilitators who can help that number grow.
With 23 facilitators now in our network, it would take each of us training 5,000 adults in a year to reach our region’s tipping point. That might not be within our grasp this year, but we can certainly begin to make a dent and start tipping the scale. Will you help us? Have you been trained in Stewards of Children? Do you know of an organization, school, faith community or group of parents that should have this training?
Child welfare professionals like you can help us tip the scales! Not only to ensure change in the way adults prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse, but to help us reduce the instances of mental illness, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and school dropouts associated with child sexual abuse.
Please contact me to learn more.
– Tracy Leonard, Public Education Manager