Prevention Training & Signs of Abuse


The Children’s Center of Medina County has education programs to teach parents, community members and professionals working with children how to recognize and report child abuse.

Know how to recognize and respond because Child Sexual Abuse does not have to happen.
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is a revolutionary evidence-based sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action.
The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations that serve children and youth, and any/all adults interested in protecting children.
The curriculum can be used by organizations and corporations who are:

  • Seeking evidence-based training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.
  • Wanting to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children.
  • Needing to respond to insurance requirements regarding child protection.
  • Wanting to enhance community-training initiatives and develop potential sources of revenue.

Currently we are able to provide this training for free to Medina County community groups and organizations, thanks to our donors.

Signs of Abuse

Knowing what to look for can help:

Signs that a child is being sexually abused are often present, but they can be indistinguishable from other signs of child stress, distress, or trauma.

Emotional signs: Range from “too perfect” behavior to withdrawal, depression, unexplained anger, night terrors, anxiety, not wanting to be alone with a particular person or in a particular place.

Physical signs (not as common): bruising, bleeding, redness, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases, self-mutilation, regression to previously outgrown behaviors.

Other indirect physical signs are: bed wetting (unrelated to toilet training), chronic headaches and stomach pain.


 VINELink, an online portal to VINE, America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.

Ohio Attorney General’s Office

The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center was founded on the simple principle that Ohio’s state and federal victims of crime deserve and require legal representation to enforce and protect their constitutional and statutory legal rights throughout the criminal justice process.

Sexual Abuse Prevention

 Books for Victims and their families

 Marsy’s Law