The Safe & Healthy Communities Initiative "I believe this training should be
mandatory for all parents
and those who work with children.
It presented me with real-life
examples and concrete steps
to take to reduce
child sexual abuse."

--Stewards of Children
"Very important information, useful & critical.
I believe that every single adult
needs to know about this."

--Stewards of Children
"Enlightening as well as

--Stewards of Children
& local teacher
"This training was so wonderful. The material
that was presented was clear, concise,
& immensely important.

Seeing & hearing from survivors/thrivers
really struck home with how
important this training is."

--Stewards of Children
"We have to educate people & make sure that they know
& understand that these things do happen in the
real world, whether we like it or not,
whether we keep our eyes open or closed.
This training is the spark
that we have needed to hopefully
eradicate child abuse forever.

I hope & pray that we are successful."

--Bucks County District Attorney
Matthew Weintraub
"Protecting our children is priority
for county government, but
it needs to be a priority for
each & every one of us."

--Bucks County Commissioner
Robert Loughery
"I think this training was very informative.
My favorite part would have to be the
discussion of real world situations.

The training helped me understand
why certain policies are in place &
how to better protect children."

--Steward of Children participant
"We are going to turn to our
entire community to become
the eyes & ears for our children,
to speak up for our children."

--Bucks Country Commissioner
Diane Marseglia
"When we choose not to
acknowledge & educate
ourselves on these matters,
we risk one more broken child,
one more lost soul,
one more light that goes out.

So I ask you, as a survivor & a mother,
be their light."

--Lyndlee Dull, survivor
"The videos were well done & powerful.
I feel much more aware &
knowledgeable than before."

--Stewards of Children participant

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health issue children face today.  In fact, one in ten children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. It can have devastating, long-term consequences for victims, families and communities and is a root cause of many health and social problems we face in our communities.

The Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative is a joint effort between Penn State University, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and four projects in Pennsylvania, including NOVA in Bucks County. This initiative is designed to reduce the rates of child sexual abuse through evidence-based programs. The goal is to train 5% of adults in Bucks County by 2021.

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Training

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children is a two-hour training designed to educate adults about how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibility to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety as every adult’s responsibility.

The goal is simple: to educate, inform and prepare the community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. The training teaches steps to prevent abuse, recognize warning signs and react responsibility when abuse occurs.

Continuing Education Credits available for: nurses, social workers, dentists, and dental hygienists. Act 48 credits available for teachers.

Stop CSA Now: Sign up for a free, online webinar

For more information or to schedule a FREE Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training for your community group, parent group, or professional organization, contact Grace Wheeler, Project Coordinator at 215-343-6543 ext. 6703 or by email at

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During this difficult time, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) staff will be working remotely and will continue to serve clients and the community.
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