NEWS: SCAN Trains 1,000th Adult in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

September 8, 2015

Last 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.”

SCAN wrote a blog post about the milestone here. Local organizations interested in sponsoring a training can contact SCAN of Northern Virginia at 703-820-9001 or learn more here.