Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today

Below is an excerpt from an op-ed that appeared today in by Lyndon Haviland:

“Congress and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), in particular, want to make it easier to go after human traffickers who engage in illegal activities online using the ‘ruthless efficiency of the internet.’ Sen. Portman is rightfully addressing the current crisis of online sex trafficking, and that’s an important move in the right direction. But until we address the root cause, the legislation signed into law Wednesday is simply a small step in protecting women and children. … To cauterize it, we must establish a culture of prevention to disrupt the cycle of abuse and exploitation. And it’s our responsibility to do it.”

To read the entire piece, please click the link below:

Darkness to Light Board Member Lyndon Haviland on the Organization’s Recommitment to Their Roots in Charleston

Darkness to Light, now in its 17th year, is dedicated to ending childhood sexual abuse.  Lyndon Haviland, former interim CEO and the new CEO, Katelyn Brewer sat down with the Charleston Post & Courier to discuss their mission.  Read excerpts from the interview here:

Lyndon Named a Forest Trends Fellow & Travels to the Amazon

On behalf of Forest Trends ( ), Lyndon recently joined a group of conservationists, chefs, journalists, public health experts, and entrepreneurs on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon.

The purpose of the trip was to explore how sustainable gastronomy could contribute to conserving the cultural and natural diversity of the area. As the leading public health expert on the trip, Lyndon advocated for innovative solutions to meeting the nutritional needs of Amazonian residents in a region where food scarcity and malnutrition abound.

Read more about the trip and see pictures in National Geographic Online:

Lyndon Speaks Out for Child Sex Abuse

As the interim (now full-time) CEO of Darkness to Light, Lyndon provides insight into the relationship between the increase in the number of child sex abuse cases being reported in a local community and the decrease in the amount of abuse occurring nationally.

Watch the news clip to see Lyndon clarify why communities can be encouraged when reporting increases.

The related Fox News story can be read here

Read the latest D2L blog written by Lyndon here

Lyndon Featured in Magazine

Lyndon was recently featured in an article on about her expertise in social entrepreneurship.

Check out the article below to learn Lyndon’s take on how social entrepreneurs differ from typical entrepreneurs.

Lyndon Writes Articles about Preventing Child Sex Abuse

An article written by Lyndon about building a movement to prevent abuse in Texas is featured in the March 2016 issue of Youth Today.

An article co-written by Lyndon and Anne H. Littlefield about preventing student sexual abuse is featured in the February 2016 issue of the American School Board Journal.

You can read the full article covering prevention, intervention, training, and support here:

Reprinted with permission from American School Board Journal, February 2016. Copyright 2016 National School Boards Association. All rights reserved.