A Tipping Point in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention 

January 8, 2016


Do you know what a “tipping point” is? Malcolm Gladwell’s book by the same name has championed the idea in recent years:

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.

How exciting to hear that a fellow Darkness to Light partner — KIDS Center in Bend, Oregon — has reached a tipping point in their community, training 5% of the adult population in child sexual abuse prevention.

Here in Northern Virginia, a tipping point would mean 5% (or 115,000) of the 2.3 million residents would be trained. At SCAN, we’ve trained just over 1,000 people over the past four years, but we already have ambitious plans for the future: larger trainings this year in local school districts and agencies, a SCAN staff member becoming a facilitator trainer, and more facilitators available across the region. (Not to mention our friends at the Center for Alexandria’s Children who provide all trainings in Alexandria.) We’re excited for 2016, and will continue to be inspired by stories like this one from the D2L.org blog:

Excerpt from KTVZ.com KIDS Center said Monday it has reached a tipping point in creating new standards of child safety by training 5 percent of the adult population in our families, schools, and youth-serving organizations with Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children®” child sexual abuse prevention program. They said this lays the foundation for a proactive, communitywide approach to prevention and builds momentum toward educating and empowering all adults to protect children from abuse. Tipping points occur when issues gain momentum and ignite, and a …

Source: Crook, Jefferson counties at child abuse prevention ‘tipping point’