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Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona & YMCA of Southern Arizona Partner To End Child Sexual Abuse

Non-profits set goal to train 50,000 locally using free, online program

TUCSON, AZ (July 24, 2014) The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (GSSoAZ) have partnered with the YMCA of Southern Arizona to end child sexual abuse through an innovative online education program.

With the goal of training 50,000 southern Arizona adults or 5 percent of the population, the GSSoAZ and YMCA have joined to bring child sexual abuse awareness and prevention training to southern Arizonans for free. The partnership will offer the online training through the nationally recognized organization Darkness to Light, a child sexual abuse prevention and advocacy group. 

While the training is available online, those interested can also attend a facilitator-led session showing the five simple, proactive steps to protecting children from sexual abuse. According to Darkness to Light, one in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

“Girl Scouting is about building girls of courage, confidence & character and we pride ourselves on creating programs and safe space for girls to thrive,” said Debbie Rich, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. “The statistics for abuse are alarming and as experts in girls our goal is to help them prevent a future that lacks hope. Adults should be taking proactive steps to protect children from this significant risk and this training teaches them how.”

“At the YMCA, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve,” said Dane Woll, President and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona. “This training empowers our community to take proactive steps to protect children from this significant risk.”

The 2-hour training offers participants the tools to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

In-person trainings will be available with a $10 fee for workbook materials. Schedules will be available online at www.girlscoutssoaz.org. Scholarship opportunities may be available.

“We hope to bring together other nonprofit and child-focused organizations to create significant change in southern Arizona,” Rich added. “Together we can prevent and end child sexual abuse and neglect.”

“Learning how to prevent abuse, to recognize the signs, and to react if it does happen is valuable knowledge that empowers our community to protect our children and ensure each child is safe,” Woll said.

For more information visit: www.girlscoutssoaz.org or register online.

About the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is dedicated to building girls of courage, character and confidence. As one of 100 local councils in the United States, the Southern Arizona Council is comprised of Girl Scouts from Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. For more information about Girl Scouts, contact the Council at 520-327-2288, visit www.girlscoutssoaz.org.


About the YMCA of Southern Arizona


The YMCA of Southern Arizona is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential through the development of Spirit, Mind and Body. By focusing on the specific areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, our goal is to make Tucson a healthier community while building strong partnerships with local and city organizations to provide the programs and services that empower, nurture and excite! For more information about the Y visit TucsonYMCA.org or call (520) 623-5511.


About Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light (D2L) has championed the movement to end child sexual abuse since its founding in 2000. With affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and 16 additional countries, D2L provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools to protect children from sexual abuse. To date, the D2L network of 6,000 authorized facilitators has trained over 500,000 parents, youth serving professionals, and organization volunteers in D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention program.

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