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You are not powerless. No more minding your business. This is your chance to make a change and save lives. See something, Say something! Learn about the types of abuse and the signs of someone experiencing abuse.
Types of child abuse

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The most common types of child maltreatment are neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

NEGLECT

Failure of the child's caretaker to provide adequate care for the child.

Examples of this form of child maltreatment include:

  • A lack of supplying adequate food, shelter, season-appropriate clothing, supervision, medical or mental health care, or a lack of providing appropriate emotional comfort.
  • Supervision neglect is the most common form of child neglect.

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PHYSICAL ABUSE

This involves a caretaker inflicting physical injury on a child through assault. This includes:
Corporal punishment that results in physical injuries, like bruises, scratches, welts, or broken bones.

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EMOTIONAL ABUSE

This involves statements by a caretaker that can injure a child's sense of self-esteem.

Examples of emotional abuse include:

  • Calling the child negative names
  • Cursing at the child, or
  • Otherwise insulting the child

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SEXUAL ABUSE

This involves exposing the child to inappropriate sexual content, behavior, or contact. This can include:

  • Allowing the child to see pornography or sexual acts, or
  • A caretaker having sexual contact with the child

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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHILD ABUSE

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Children who are victims of abuse often experience symptoms of stress in reaction to the abuse, in addition to symptoms that are specific to the kind of abuse they have suffered. The signs and symptoms of abuse often vary according to the age and developmental stage of the child. It is also important to understand that victims of child abuse suffer abuse in more than one way, so the child may demonstrate symptoms consistent with more than one kind of maltreatment.

examples of less specific signs and symptoms of child abuse

  • A tendency to either avoid, overly please, or ingratiate themselves to the abuser;
  • Poor school performance;
  • Irritability/quickness to anger;
  • Crying more often and/or easily;
  • Anxiety or panic;
  • Frequent complaints of physical symptoms, like headaches and stomachaches;
  • Young kids may act younger than their age or than they had previously (regress);
  • Spending more time alone, away from friends and family;
  • Becoming more "clingy" and more dependent on certain relationships;
  • Expressing thoughts about hurting him or herself or others;
  • More risk-taking behaviors and/or showing less concern for their own safety.
  • Has injuries that appear to have a pattern such as marks from a hand or belt
  • Is always watchful and “on alert,” as if waiting for something bad to happen
  • Has frequent injuries or unexplained bruises, welts, or cuts
  • Shies away from touch, flinches at sudden movements, or seems afraid to go home

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Examples of risk-taking behaviors in children include unsafe play, like climbing excessively high or running in the street. More potentially specific signs and symptoms of abuse.

  • Neglect: The child may lose weight or fail to gain weight appropriately for their age. Their energy level and ability to learn will likely decrease. They may become withdrawn and show physical signs of malnutrition, like dry skin or hair or develop thinning hair.
  • Physical abuse: A child who is the victim of physical abuse may have repeated physical injuries and emergency room or other doctor's visits with or without adequate explanation. They may claim to be accident prone or provide other stories about how they sustained injuries and may tend to wear excessive clothing to cover injuries or otherwise engage in secrecy in an attempt to protect the abuser from intervention by child welfare authorities and law enforcement.
  • Emotional abuse: Emotionally abused children may make negative statements about themselves or others that mimic the abuser, like calling his or herself names or otherwise exhibiting pessimism or low self-esteem.
  • Sexual abuse: A sexually abused child may exhibit sexual knowledge or behaviors that are much older than is appropriate for their age. They may also exhibit inappropriately sexual behavior, resulting in their engaging in masturbating excessively or in front of others, as well as participating in inappropriate sexual play with children. They may also respond opposite to that by avoiding bathing, going to the restroom, examination by a professional, or otherwise having to take off their clothes. Medically, sexually abused children may develop genital injuries or sexually transmitted disease

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STATISTICAL FACTS 

Acts that constitute child abuse are more common in the United States than most people realize: every year, there are more than 3 million reports of child abuse, involving almost 6 million children. Worse still, every day, four or five children are killed by child abuse or neglect.

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human trafficking

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Human trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world earning criminals more than $150 billion each year? Human trafficking is not just happening overseas?

Did you know
"Nearly 300,000 U.S. children are at risk of being trafficked; that the National Human Trafficked Resource Center received over 200 calls from across Louisiana last year; and, that over 100 trafficking related arrest have been made in Louisiana this year? This heinous crime is a serious problem and it is taking place right here in our own backyard.
Because of its location and prominence as an international shipping port, New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana has a human trafficking problem. A 2018 DCFS report to state lawmakers said Louisiana identified 681 confirmed or prospective victims of human trafficking that year. More than half - 356 - were juveniles. Seventy-two were 12 years old or younger. Young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking, whether as runaways or as a victim of a participating family member or caregiver."


- "lamothefirm.org"

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WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING? 
Human trafficking is modern day slavery; it is the holding of people through force, fraud or coercion where the victim is not free to leave and the trafficker receives proceeds from the victim's labor. Commercial sex exploitation and forced labor are the two most common types of human trafficking in the U.S. and over 50% of the victims are children. The average age of entrance into human trafficking is 12-14 years for girls and 11-13 years for boys. What's worse is that 75% of minors engaged in prostitution have a pimp who can earn up to $632,000 per year through their exploitation of our children. 


Louisiana's Criminal Law RS 14:46.2 on human trafficking states that it shall be unlawful:


  • For any person to knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, provide, solicit, receive, isolate, entice, obtain, or maintain the use of another person through fraud, force, or coercion to provide services or labor.
  • For any person to knowingly benefit from activity prohibited by the provisions of this Section.
  • For any person to knowingly facilitate any of the activities prohibited by the provisions of this Section by any means, including but not limited to helping, aiding, abetting, or conspiring, regardless of whether a thing of value has been promised to or received by the person. 

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WHO IS AT RISK FOR TRAFFICKING?

You may be surprised to see who's at risk -

  • American citizens
  • Foreign nationals
  • Boys
  • Girls
  • Men
  • Women
  • Transgender/ gender non-binary individuals
  • People with physical and/or developmental disabilities
  • Able-bodied people
  • People of all races
  • People of all ethnicities
  • People of all socio-economic statuses
  • People living in urban, suburban, and rural contexts

There is no "perfect victim": human trafficking can happen in virtually any context, to any person... however: there are vulnerabilities that increase a person's likeliness of experiencing trafficking.

* reference information acquired from www.nolatrafficking.org *

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TRAFFICKING VULNERABILITIES
A vulnerability is something that makes you more likely to experience something. This list of vulnerabilities is not exhaustive- these are just a few of the vulnerabilities identified within trafficking victims in the United States.

  • Compromised legal and/or immigration status
  • Non-English speaking or limited English speaking proficiency
  • LGBTQ+ identity
  • Homelessness
  • History of runaway behavior
  • Experience within the foster care system
  • Physical, mental and/or developmental disability
  • Member of a marginalized social, racial, or cultural group
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Formerly incarcerated
  • History of substance abuse
  • History of sexual abuse
* reference information acquired from http://www.atc.la.gov/human-trafficking.php *
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Darkness 2 Light: CEU Classes

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Learn how to keep your kids safe from predators. After reviewing all the statistical information and the signs and symptoms of how to spot abuse. This program is how we begin the process of stopping abuse. We learn how to be stewards for our children. A steward is defined as someone who looks after and is responsible for... It is time that we become Stewards to all Children. It takes a Village and Louisiana Royal Hearts is that Village.

WHAT IS STEWARDS OF CHILDREN? 
Using the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ as a framework, Stewards of Children® is a two-hour training that teaches adults practical actions to prevent child sexual abuse or intervene if abuse is suspected. Featuring compelling and engaging content to motivate participants, the program is designed for parents, concerned individuals, and any adult that works with youth. Through Stewards of Children®, over 1,000,000 adults have been trained to protect children from sexual abuse. 
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INFORMATION CLASS FOR PARENTS 

These sessions are primarily for Parents of victims or survivors of abuse.
The REGISTER NOW button will appear when session dates and times have been confirmed. (please continue checking back or subscribe to our email list for updates)

Louisiana's Criminal Law RS 14:46.2 on human trafficking states that it shall be unlawful:

  • For any person to knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, provide, solicit, receive, isolate, entice, obtain, or maintain the use of another person through fraud, force, or coercion to provide services or labor.
  • For any person to knowingly benefit from activity prohibited by the provisions of this Section.
  • For any person to knowingly facilitate any of the activities prohibited by the provisions of this Section by any means, including but not limited to helping, aiding, abetting, or conspiring, regardless of whether a thing of value has been promised to or received by the person. 

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PROFESSIONAL CEU SESSIONS 
This session is strictly for licensed professionals seeking to gain CEU credits.
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HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND REPORT CHILD ABUSE 
Participants must complete Stewards of Children prior to taking the course.

This is a 90 minute training where educators will learn to recognize other forms of child abuse and neglect, and how to respond as a mandated reporter.
Teaching definitions and indicators of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect, this training also teaches you about the legal obligations as a mandated reporter defined by your state. This training is intended for educators but broad enough for parents, caregivers, faith center staff, & youth serving organizations.

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PARENT TRAINING
Parents will learn a variety of techniques needed to care for their children such as proper car seat installation, positive discipline, problem solving, establishing chores, etc. 
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HEALTHY TOUCH FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
A 30-minute training where you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about being an active bystander.

You will also:
• Receive some guidelines for healthy touch at home and in youth serving settings.
• Learn how to balance children’s needs for warmth and affection with safe, respectful ways of interacting.
• Learn about healthy sexual development in children so we can identify normal and abnormal touching behaviors.

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SAFETY AND SEXUAL ABUSE
A 30-minute training where you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about how talking to kids can help prevent sexual abuse.

You will also:
• Learn why relationships and resilience are the building blocks of safety for children.
• Receive examples of how to talk about personal safety with children of all ages.
• Learn how to use everyday opportunities to talk with children about sexual abuse.
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COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING 
Building on the education provided in Stewards of Children®, Darkness to Light’s evidence-based training. this 2-hour training will teach you how to respond

• Learn what child exploitation is and what circumstances make children vulnerable.
• Learn about the root causes of commercial sexual exploitation directly from survivors.
• Understand how preventing child sexual abuse reduces the risk for children being commercially sexually exploited.
• Hear about actions adults can take to prevent child exploitation.

Parent Training: Parents will learn a variety of techniques needed to care for their children such as proper car seat installation, positive discipline, problem solving, establishing chores, etc. 
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SAFETY AND SEXUAL ABUSE
A 30-minute training where you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about how talking to kids can help prevent sexual abuse.

You will also:
• Learn why relationships and resilience are the building blocks of safety for children.
• Receive examples of how to talk about personal safety with children of all ages.
• Learn how to use everyday opportunities to talk with children about sexual abuse.
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SAFETY AND SEXUAL ABUSE
A 30-minute training where you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about how talking to kids can help prevent sexual abuse.

You will also:
• Learn why relationships and resilience are the building blocks of safety for children.
• Receive examples of how to talk about personal safety with children of all ages.
• Learn how to use everyday opportunities to talk with children about sexual abuse.
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SAFETY AND SEXUAL ABUSE
A 30-minute training where you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about how talking to kids can help prevent sexual abuse.

You will also:
• Learn why relationships and resilience are the building blocks of safety for children.
• Receive examples of how to talk about personal safety with children of all ages.
• Learn how to use everyday opportunities to talk with children about sexual abuse.
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