Partners in Prevention

Today, we’re proud to announce that White Cat Publications, LLC. and our Sam’s Dot Imprint have been awarded the Partners in Prevention certification because anyone and everyone in our organization associated with children’s fiction or nonfiction has passed the training required by Darkness to Light to receive this award.

According to Darkness to Light, we are the only publisher to whom this award has been given.  That’s important to us, because publishers of children’s fiction need to be aware of their responsibilities to their readers and writers in regard to keeping children safe from sexual predators.

That’s why we’re so proud that the staff of White Cat has achieved “Partner in Prevention” recognition, a nationally-recognized public standard to end child sexual abuse (CSA).

The designation was awarded in recognition of our commitment to protect children by training 100-percent of our staff and volunteers to know how to prevent, recognize the signs and react responsibly to CSA.

“Partner in Prevention” was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations who take CSA prevention seriously by implementing policy and training staff.

The training and designation award is provided by Charleston, SC-based Darkness to Light (D2L). D2L has championed the movement to end CSA since its founding in 2000 and now has education programs in 49 states and 15 foreign countries.

“Children and parents both have a right to expect that publishers don’t allow pedophiles into positions of authority over writers and readers of children’s literature.”  RM

D2L’s training curriculum points out that CSA is pervasive in a society where it is repressed and not discussed. Thousands of organizations across the U.S. and Canada are now seeking out a dialogue for prevention and they are sending parents and the community a message with the Partner in Prevention distinction.

About Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)

Crime and behavioral studies have long cited CSA for its devastating impact on society. Statistics are startling, according to the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse & Neglect:

  • 95% of abuse is by someone the child knows and trusts.
  • 73% of children don’t tell anyone until well after the abuse has occurred, if they tell at all.
  • Statistically, approximately 500,000 babies born in the U.S. each year will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
  • In the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
  • CSA is linked to a host of social issues including teen pregnancy, psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.
  • CSA ranks second to murder as the most expensive victim crime in the U.S., where costs exceed $35 billion annually.