The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Wilton Public Schools and Trackside Teen Center will host a second kickoff event that will bring the Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training to the community on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Trackside at 15 Station Road.

The nationally recognized Stewards of Children training was created by nonprofit Darkness to Light and teaches adults how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The event will introduce guests to the training and is offered to day care providers, coaches, youth organizers, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens.

“At the Y, we are committed to protecting the innocence of children," said Bob McDowell, CEO of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA. "We are glad to be part of the solution by educating responsible adults and we are grateful to Wilton Public Schools and Trackside for partnering in this important community effort."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before age 18. According to the statistics, 20% of sexually abused children are under the age of 8. More than 90% of children who have been sexually abused know their abusers.

“The ultimate mission of Darkness to Light, to end childhood sexual abuse, can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. This, in turn, builds momentum and over time, changes the way our nation and culture cares for, protects and nurtures our children,” said Elizabeth Warren, national prevention program manager at Darkness to Light.

The kickoff event is free. To RSVP, email Christene Freedman at cfreedman@riverbrookymca.org or call 203-762-8384, ext. 279. For additional information about Darkness to Light, visit d2l.org.