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Citadel News Service
16 Aug 2013

Citadel recognized for leading role in child sexual abuse prevention

Darkness to Light presents inaugural Distinguished Partner in Prevention Award

Last October when The Citadel signed a partnership with Darkness to Light to train every students and employees and campus residents in how to prevent child sexual abuse, it was the first college in the nation to make a large-scale commitment in the prevention of CSA.  On Wednesday the college was the first to be honored with the Darkness to Light Distinguished Partner in Prevention Award. 

“The Citadel is a pioneer educational institution in the prevention of childhood sexual abuse,” said Jolie Logan, president and CEO of Darkness to Light.  “The Citadel collaboration paves the way for other colleges and universities to step forward and become Partners in Prevention."

The college received the award for its pledge to train employees, residents and students as well as making Darkness to Light training a graduation requirement.  The Citadel also earned a Partner in Prevention plaque, a designation that signifies that organizations have implemented policy and training to prevent CSA.

“We are proud to receive this award,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, “and we remain committed to our partnership with Darkness to Light and working to make The Citadel a safe campus. 

Since the partnership was created in October, more than 3,200 Citadel faculty, staff, cadets, students and campus residents have been trained.

Stephenie Hewett, associate professor in the School of Education and a trained facilitator in the prevention of CSA, led the college's training initiative.

Darkness to Light has championed the movement to end CSA since its founding in 2000 and now has education programs in 50 states and 16 foreign countries.