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HISTORY

The Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition (CSAPC) was formed in 2013 through the collaborative efforts of Children's Safe Passage, The Somer Sunshine Foundation, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, Monique Burr Foundation for Children, and Jacksonville Children’s Coalition. It's mission is to protect children in Northeast Florida by preventing child sexual abuse.

More recent addition to the Coalition's membership include Baptist Health, Greater Jacksonville USO, Communities in Schools of Jacksonville, WJCT Public Broadcasting, Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health, Women’s Center of Jacksonville, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.

The roots of the Coalition go back to the founding of Children's Safe Passage in 2010 after the murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson of Orange Park, Fl. Children's Safe Passage Inc. began an annual golf tournament that, as of 2015, has raised more than $130,000 for the prevention of violence against children. Further fundraising through CSAPC will continue in 2016 and beyond.

MISSION

The mission of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition (CSAPC) is to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness initiatives and training for adults, including the delivery of the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children® program in Northeast Florida. We seek to empower an unprecedented preventative action movement to protect children from sexual abuse.

GOAL

Our goal is to reach the “tipping point” in Northeast Florida by training 50,000 adults (approximately 5% of our regional adult population) with the Darkness to Light (D2L), Stewards of Children program. Tipping Point theory refers to the phenomenon that when a social movement crosses a certain threshold, it will gain significant momentum, making behavior change much easier and likely.

D2L is a national nonprofit organization that provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools to protect children from sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is a 2-hour prevention program created by D2L, that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for use by organizations that serve youth, and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.  It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. For more information, go to http://csapc.org/training/

If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse, or need support, click here for a list of local resources.