Read the new summer blog from our colleague, Feather Berkower of Parenting Safe Children. She shares what she learned from spending time with sex offenders about how to protect children from being abused.

The Special Investigative Counsel, Louis Freeh, has released his report on the investigation into how Penn State University leaders handled matters related to child sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky. Their key finding of the investigation was:

"the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."

Guily Verdicts Opportunity for Prevention

As supporters of Stop It Now!, we imagine that like us, you have been following yesterday’s jury verdicts in both the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial and the Msgr. Lynn child endangerment trial.   In both cases, individual men have been found guilty.  Sandusky was found guilty for his actions.  Lynn was found guilty for his inaction. 

After years of working individually at the national level, Stop It Now! and Darkness to Light have joined forces to help advance the national movement to prevent child sexual abuse. Over the next three years, we will be working together on three goals:

Do you know what US adults think about preventing child sexual abuse? 

  • Do most adults believe that strangers are the biggest risk to children?
  • What do adults say that they would do if faced with suspected abuse?
  • Do they support treatment for offenders?

You can now find prevention and education resources on the national registry website, including links to

"This program has invested years educating families ... about effective ways to protect children from abuse before it happens, and they've had proven results"

- Senator John Kerry

Funding to expand our Help Services

With the support of our Massachusetts legislative delegation, Stop It Now! is set to receive Federal funding to expand our Help Services and reinvigorate our free Helpline phone service.


Contact: Deborah Donovan Rice
Executive Director, Stop It Now!
drice [at]
413.587.3500 ext. 1


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