So You Watched “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV”. Now What?

So You Watched “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV”. Now What?

Over the past few months, people across the country have been tuning in to watch the latest viral docuseries: Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV. The show gained popularity for uncovering the toxic and sexually abusive culture behind some of the most iconic children’s shows of the late 1990s and early 2000s. For the first time, audiences heard the stories of some of their favorite childhood actors and the trauma they endured on set. 

If you watched Quiet on Set and felt not only angry, sad, or triggered, but also at a loss for what to do, you’re not alone. 

We sat down with Sadie Rose Pace, one of Illuminate’s Education Program Managers and facilitator of child sexual abuse prevention trainings, to discuss what people might be feeling after watching Quiet on Set and actions they can take. Sadie shares her own thoughts on the docuseries, where to find educational trainings on boundary setting, and where victims can find support.

Let’s hear from Sadie.

While I was watching Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV it became apparent that there were a lot of areas in kids TV that could have been improved in order to have a higher standard of safety for both children and adults. Some simple ground rules including background checks, Codes of Conduct that provide boundaries around appropriate behavior, and ensuring that children and adults are in observable and interruptible situations (versus being one-on-one) would have made the work environment safer and more supportive for everyone.

These same kinds of ground rules can help us all create safer and more supportive environments for kids and adults alike–whether on a playdate, at school, at summer camp, or on a TV set. By setting clear boundaries and limits, we can reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.

Setting boundaries doesn’t have to be scary.

Sometimes when we are setting boundaries, it can feel overwhelming or impossible. When we break it down into skill sets that we can work on building, it gets much easier. 

Classes like Lines in the Sand: Identifying and Addressing Boundary Violations can help families and organizations learn why boundaries are so important to keep children safe, and how Codes of Conduct and policies are your opportunity to provide those boundaries.

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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth Serving Organizations is a great guide that has a helpful template in the back to keep track of what you need and what you already have. There is no one size fits all, but you should always feel encouraged and empowered to make changes to maintain boundaries and the safety of children. 

Where to turn if you or a loved one has experienced child sexual abuse.

For a lot of people watching this documentary, it brought up concerns or questions of abuse for themselves or others. Remember that no one ever owes you a disclosure or story of abuse. The Wings Foundation supports adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to transcend trauma and lead their fullest, healthiest lives. They also have resources for loved ones to learn more. 

If you are concerned for the safety of a child, call the Colorado State Hotline at 844-CO-4-KIDS to make a report. Classes like Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children can teach you how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse. You can also learn more, as well as how to support your community, by reaching out to your local Child Advocacy Center. You can find a list of locations and more information about what Child Advocacy Centers do at the Colorado Children’s Alliance.

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We all have the power to help build safer and stronger communities.

It can feel disheartening to watch these documentaries and hear stories of child sexual abuse. But your commitment to learning more and building safer communities is vital for moving forward. The resources listed here are free within Colorado. You can find class dates on our Event Calendar. We can also provide training to your group or organization by reaching out to Sadie Rose Pace at space@illuminatecolorado.org

Every single adult in Colorado has the power to make their community safer by supporting one another in preventing abuse.

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The Spectrum of Prevention in Action: Tip Colorado Educates Communities and Professionals on How to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The Spectrum of Prevention in Action: Tip Colorado Educates Communities and Professionals on How to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Welcome to the second installment of the 2024 Blog Series: The Spectrum of Prevention in Action!

Over the course of the year, join us as we take a deep dive into each component of the Spectrum of Prevention – Supporting Families through Direct Service, Building Public Awareness, Educating Communities & Professionals, Fostering Networks, and Influencing Policy – and how the Spectrum comes to life in Illuminate’s work

Used nationally to address complex public issues, the Spectrum of Prevention outlines a range of prevention strategies across different levels of influence within a community or society. Illuminate’s programs and initiatives strategically span an adapted version of the Spectrum of Prevention, ensuring a holistic and lasting approach to building brighter childhoods. By adapting and employing the Spectrum of Prevention, we can target prevention efforts at various levels, from building individual knowledge and skills to influencing policies and legislation.

Learn more about Illuminate’s Strategies & Frameworks.

Today, let’s explore how Tip Colorado focuses on educating communities and professionals to prevent child sexual abuse.

Educating Communities & Professionals focuses on training and educating communities and professionals who work with children and families. By sharing knowledge and best practices, we can equip communities and professionals with the skills to safeguard children. In 2020, Illuminate created Tip Colorado to empower adults to protect children in every community in Colorado from experiencing child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is a major public health concern in Colorado communities. National experts estimate that one in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18¹, and 90% of children who experience sexual abuse know their abuser².

The good news? We know that child sexual abuse is preventable. 

It is up to us as adults to create communities that all children deserve–ones where they can grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, adults need to take greater responsibility to educate themselves on how to create safer communities where everyone is actively thinking about how to prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse. If enough adults in a community take a FREE live, interactive online training then we can create a new standard of child safety throughout Colorado. Together, we can reach a tipping point where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

What is your community tipping point?

This map, last updated in June 2023, reflects how many of the individuals who have been trained reported that they live or work in a particular county. Since there are three qualifying child sexual abuse prevention trainings, numbers may be duplicated if an individual has taken more than one of the trainings. Kiowa County has already reached the tipping point!

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Help Colorado Reach the Tipping Point

Since the creation of Tip Colorado, Illuminate, along with local facilitators, has trained over 10,000 people. Thanks in large part to support from the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund in the Department of Early Childhood, all Coloradans can currently take these three trainings FREE in-person or online.

Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand: Indentifying and Addressing Boundary Violations provides important context about setting boundaries and identifying behaviors that have been identified within the sexual grooming model.

What to Expect When Talking the "Talk"

What to Expect When Talking the “Talk”: Preparing for Conversations about Sexual Development throughout Childhood provides important information about apporaching conversations that impact positive sexual development.

Stewards of Children®

Stewards of Children® is a trauma and evidence-informed training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

 

“Each training is strength-based, discussion-focused, and aims to increase confidence and knowledge on how we each play a role in preventing child sexual abuse.”

Anne Auld

Deputy Director, Illuminate Colorado

While Educating Communities & Professionals is just one part of the Spectrum of Prevention, it is an incredibly important one. With the correct education, skills, and guidance, all of our communities can become safe spaces where children and families thrive.

Explore Upcoming Trainings!

Citations

1. Townsend, C. & Rheingold, A.A. (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: A review of child sexual abuse prevalence studies. Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light. Retrieved from www.D2L.org.

2. Finkelhor, D. (2012). Characteristics of crimes against juveniles. Durham, NH: Crimes against Children Research Center.

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With aligned values and goals, four founding partners, including the Center for Violence Prevention Research, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Illuminate Colorado, and Protect Our Children (Oregon) are excited to announce the launch of Connect to Protect Kids.  

Utilizing a collaborative approach with shared governance and decision-making, Connect to Protect Kids will develop and disseminate a best-in-class prevention education toolkit to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and other types of online, peer, and interpersonal violence. Illuminate Colorado is proud to be a founding partner in this process to develop the next generation of prevention.

Why now?

Schools, organizations, child advocacy centers, and larger networks and initiatives have been asking the founding partners for more. More content for adults and youth with consistent messaging, more flexibility and adaptability in programs to meet their specific needs, more learning opportunities with both traditional, live trainings and technology-based learning modules and resources, and more collaboration. The idea for Connect to Protect Kids was born from those conversations and needs. 

By responding to the needs of our communities and networks, and including stakeholders across the nation, we are collaborating to create the next generation of prevention together.

Central to the development of the program is ensuring content is developed at the intersection of research, traditional education, and technology. The Center for Violence Prevention Research has been studying the effectiveness and quality of prevention education for years. “There is a good deal of literature that shows prevention education works. But the challenge has been and continues to be providing this type of programming to students without negatively impacting classroom time given all the other demands placed on educators. Covid caused a shift to online prevention education and the research also shows it can work,” says the Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Melissa Bright. “The blending of some live, in-class education with longer-term follow up education online minimizes the challenge of finding enough classroom time for programs to be effective and actually extends the learning over a longer period, which we know is more effective than just delivering one or two prevention lessons,” says Bright. Dr. Bright, along with Dr. Jeff Todahl at the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oregon will lead the research efforts that will inform the program development and ensure it’s efficacy. Dr. David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire has also agreed to an advisory board position to support their research efforts.

Working with communities to develop effective programming

Acknowledging the varied prevention needs of communities across the country is also critical. No community is the same and prevention education is provided and managed differently in each community. Having already established statewide networks to provide input, inform development, and test lessons is an enormous asset to this effort. Collectively, Connect to Protect Kids’ founding partners have been doing prevention work in their own states for several decades and have amassed amazing and effective networks who are now excited about the launch of this project.

“Our goal is to collaboratively develop this new program, but also collaboratively govern it’s dissemination, research, updates, etc. to ensure it is a highly effective and sustainable program,” says Tiffany Sawyer, Director of Prevention Services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, one of the founding partner organizations. “We have heard nothing but positive feedback on this new venture from our statewide network of facilitators and partners and have several organizations wanting to engage further in the process of program development and funding development, as well.” Anne Auld, Deputy Director at Illuminate Colorado, another founding partner organization, echoes Sawyer’s sentiment:

“We have informed our network of the plans and have received positive feedback and true excitement for this opportunity. We are thrilled to be a part of this collaboration as it aligns and supports our mission at Illuminate to strengthen families and communities.”

 

Anne Auld

Illuminate Colorado Deputy Director

The Connect to Protect Kids program will be a flexible and adaptable suite of prevention programs and resources giving organizations, schools, and communities a variety of ways to structure their prevention education initiatives and educate adults AND children/youth. Supported by experts with a combined total of more than 140 years in child abuse prevention, organizations will not only have the right tools, but the support needed to achieve greater impact protecting children in their local communities.

All programming and materials will be created from a collaborative process of engaging networks, partners, and the critical voices of youth and those with lived experiences.

Looking forward

Given the vast amount of content planned, Connect to Protect Kids program materials will be developed in stages over several years. However, within the next year, trainings for both adults and youth will be available for initial pilot testing. Stacy Vaughan, a long-time prevention expert who will be the Executive Director of Connect to Protect Kids, says, “We don’t want to create something and say to professionals, here is our program, go do it and let us know if it works. We are asking those professionals, what do you need? How does it need to work for you? What will be most effective in your community? And their responses, along with the most current research and updated prevention best practices, will inform what we create.”

Vaughan explains, “So essentially, professionals and communities will have a voice in the development of the program they will end up using for years to come. It’s a novel approach and people are so excited for the opportunity to be involved.”

Together, we can create real change in how we safeguard children. Illuminate Colorado is excited to be on this journey with such a collaborative group of partners who are aligned in our values and goals. We truly believe this will be an innovative strategy to help all of us better protect kids and will be the next generation of prevention.

Interested in supporting the development of Connect to Protect Kids, or in providing input or piloting materials as they are developed?

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Introducing the Updated Tip Colorado Website!

Introducing the Updated Tip Colorado Website!

Tip Colorado empowers adults to help their communityand Coloradoreach a tipping point where children grow up happy, healthy, and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

If enough adults in a community take a free live, interactive training, then, together, we can create a new standard of child safety throughout Colorado.

Reaching the tipping point is so important, we updated the Tip Colorado website to better connect you with trainings!

The new website features an interactive map showcasing how far each county is in their journey to reach their tipping point, information to help you decide which training to take first, and a calendar where you can view and sign up for trainings that work for your learning goals and schedule!

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, adults need to take greater responsibility to educate themselves on how to create safer communities where everyone is actively thinking about how to prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

At TipColorado.org, you can find more information on the simple, effective strategies adults can use to protect children from child sexual abuse.  

Choose from three free trainings!

All three trainings are currently provided for free to all Coloradans thanks in large part to support from the Colorado Children’s Abuse Prevention Trust Fund in the Colorado Department of Early Childhood.

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Anne Auld, Illuminate Colorado Deputy Director

 

“There are multiple ways adults can prevent child sexual abuse. Having a spectrum of training opportunities that can be taken together, or individually, provides more tools and a better understanding of how child sexual abuse can be prevented in all kinds of settings, like youth serving organizations, schools, and at home.

For anyone working with children and youth, having a solid foundation of what healthy sexual development can look like, and how to talk about that development with other professionals or parents is vital in creating safe spaces, and recognizing when there may be problematic behaviors.”

“Each training is strength-based, discussion focused, and aims to increase confidence and knowledge on how we each play a role in preventing child sexual abuse.” 

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Three Trainings You Can Take to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Three Trainings You Can Take to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Illuminate Colorado offers multiple trainings for parents, caregivers, professionals, and community members to ensure everyone is equipped to create safe spaces where children can thrive. 

To work toward a world where every child grows up healthy and free from sexual abuse, it is essential to educate and empower all adults. Certified staff at Illuminate Colorado facilitate free evidence-based trainings for professionals, community members, caregivers, and parents alike on how they can prevent child sexual abuse. 

Learn about each training below, and register today!

Stewards of Children

This free, two-hour, award winning training will teach you to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 

Parents, caregivers, professionals, and community members will learn simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse, the importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children as well as adults, the types of situations where child sexual abuse can occur, and many other important skills!

This is the only training in the United States proven to increase knowledge of child sexual abuse and lead to behavior change. If enough people in Colorado take this training, we can create a new standard of safety across our state! 

Lines in the Sand: Identifying and Addressing Boundary Violations

This free two-hour training will teach you to better understand your own boundaries and prepare you to set clear expectations, so that normalization of negative patterns of behavior are prevented in your community– preventing opportunities for child and youth victimization.

Clear boundaries and limits are something kids learn over time, through interactions with the adults in their lives. You have the power, through education, vigilance, and clear communication, to ensure that the kids in your life establish the boundaries needed to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse. 

Parents, caregivers, professionals, and community members will learn to recognize important types of boundaries for physical safety, identify grooming behaviors that can lead to sexual abuse, and how to respond to boundary violations and articulate clear expectations. 

What to Expect When Talking the “Talk”

This free four-hour training will teach you how to become an askable adult through increased understanding of how to support positive sexual development in toddlers, children, and youth. 

Explore how development progresses and learn how to respond to the questions little ones ask that might make you uncomfortable. Your role and influence in a child’s life has the power to impact their sexual development, and this training will give you the tools to support them throughout the process. 

Parents, caregivers, professionals, and community members will learn to identify how their own sense of self influences the messages they share about sexual development, what information is beneficial for youth to have around their sexual development, and how to be prepared to have conversations about sexual development. 

New trainings coming March 2023!

Thanks in large part to support from the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund Act in the Department of Early Childhood, all Coloradans can take these trainings FREE in-person (dependent on location) or online.

Meet your training facilitator, Sadie Rose! 

Sadie Rose Pace (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in January of 2021 as the Education Program Manager. In her role, Sadie Rose provides training and facilitator support for Illuminate’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training. Having spent a decade as a victim advocate, Sadie Rose knows that communication and education are essential to de-stigmatization and allows for open and honest conversations. “The more we talk about child maltreatment the better we can creatively problem solve and collaborate to prevent it from occurring.”

Born and raised in Southwest Colorado, Sadie Rose loves that she can drive two hours in any direction and be in a totally different climate. She enjoys spending time outside of work with her husband, dogs, and two retired equine therapy horses.

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Necessary and Adequate Medical Care for Your Child is Not Child Abuse

Necessary and Adequate Medical Care for Your Child is Not Child Abuse

Organizational Statement Opposing the Actions of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Providing necessary and adequate medical care to your child is not child abuse, and transgender and non-binary children need access to age-appropriate, individualized medical care just like every other child. 

Recently Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion classifying medically necessary gender-affirming care to youth as child abuse. AG Paxton’s statement stands in direct opposition to the evidence-based care recognized by numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Endocrine Society, and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Illuminate Colorado can not stand idly by without speaking out against such an action simply because our programs and initiatives are focused on creating a Colorado where all children and families thrive. The children and families of Texas deserve our love and support as well as those in our own communities.

Our organization is proud to join our national partner Prevent Child Abuse America and numerous medical providers and child welfare advocates throughout our nation in opposing this legislation and laws that would deny healthcare access to any child, regardless of their gender identity. Such laws threaten the safety and security of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — children and youth.

Necessary and Adequate Medical Care for Your Child is Not Child Abuse

Additionally, transgender youth are subject to violence based on their gender identity, and suffer substance misuse, homelessness, suicidality, child welfare involvement and other negative outcomes at distressingly higher rates. Medical and mental health care can reduce serious risks to their health and well-being and lead to healthy, resilient children, youth, and families.

Please take action to strengthen the foundations of love, safety and support that enable all of our nation’s children to thrive. 

Contact Your State Legislators

Let them know you do not want similar legislation that prevents access to medically necessary care for any children and youth, including those whose gender identity is transgender or non-binary here in Colorado.  To find your state legislators, click here.

Share this Statement on Social Networks

Let others know you too recognize that providing necessary and adequate medical care to your child is not child abuse, and transgender and non-binary children need access to age-appropriate, individualized medical care just like every other child.

Make a Similar Statement From Your Organization

This is one way we can protect the children of Colorado and create an environment where they are valued, healthy and thriving. 

Thank you for building brighter childhoods, together.

Jade Woodard

Jade Woodard

Executive Director

Jade has served as the Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado since its inception in 2015, following 7 years as the Executive Director of founding partner agency, the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. 

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