In 2006 the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy partnered with Darkness to Light, to introduce its Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training to communities in Georgia. Using a train-the-trainer model, the Center is leading a statewide adult-focused training initiative to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Our mission is to reduce the occurrence of child sexual abuse through a coordinated effort to bring the Stewards of Children training to leading organizations and to shift the societal perspective on child sexual abuse in Georgia to make prevention part of the culture, and not society’s taboo subject. Georgia was the first state to implement a comprehensive statewide initiative using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program and Georgia is frequently used as a national model for other states.
Long-term, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is working to bring the Stewards of Children program to every county and city in Georgia, initially training 5% of the adult population in each of these communities. This tipping point theory, based on Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point, suggests that once 5% of a population has a change in behavior the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. With this goal all adults would have the opportunity to learn how to protect the children in their care. Working with communities, GCCA implements a regional network of coordinators who develop and oversee community prevention coalitions, support facilitators, and build activities toward a set of specific training goals in each county. We currently have seven Regional Coordinators working hard to bring child sexual abuse prevention to their counties.