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Cherish Our Children
Facts About Childhood Sexual Abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 April 2013 18:12

Did you know...

  • that Toledo is a leading city in human trafficking?
  • that 1 out of 4 girls will be sexually assaulted before age 18?
  • that 1 out of 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18?
  • that the median age of teens lured into prostitution is 13?
  • that teens are often recruited into prostitution by other young women or by pimps posing as boyfriends?
  • that girls aged 16-19 are four times more likely to be raped than women of other ages?
  • that 46% of reported rapes happen to girls under 17?
  • that more than 90% of children who are sexually abused know their abuser?
  • that sexual abuse crosses all boundaries of race, economics, and family composition?
  • that more than half of children who are depicted in pornographic material were sexually abused prior to being lured into pornography?
  • that those who look at child pornography comes from all ages, income levels, marital status and education; virtually all are males; 91% white?
  • that 1 in7 children between the ages of 10 and 17 will receive an unwanted sexual solicitation via the internet?
  • that between 100,000-300,000 children are victims of sex trafficking in the U.S.?
  • that in the past three years, more than 90 children have been found in the Toledo area who have been victims of sexual trafficking?
  • that the more you are involved in your child’s life, the less likely s/he or is to be a victim of sexual exploitation?
  • Statistics taken from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; U.S. Dept. of Justice; ChildHelp; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and Dr. Celia Williamson of the University of Toledo College of Social Work
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 13:24
Darkness to Light PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 April 2013 18:10

Did you know that 73% of children who are sexually abused do not report the abuse for at least a year? Did you know that the median age of molested children is 9 years old? How can parents and caregivers recognize the signs of sexual abuse and what should they do about it? Darkness to Light is a national program whose mission is to end childhood sexual abuse. From the organization’s website: The ultimate mission of D2L, to end childhood sexual abuse, can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. We believe that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why D2L exists – to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.


For more information, please contact the church office at 419-874-4346 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 21:32
Cherish All Children PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 July 2012 11:01
COC_logoCherish All Children is a national Lutheran ministry of prayer, education, relationship-building and action to prevent child sexual exploitation, a form of human trafficking. The heart of Cherish All Children is in congregations, where leaders work in teams to pray, speak and act on behalf of children in the congregation and community.


Zoar's program began in 2011. We have sponsored the following outreach events:


We developed a prayer ministry for our congregation's children. We always need more pray-ers, so contact the Church Office if you are willing to pray for a child.


In May 2012, we hosted a community forum featuring Dr. Celia Williamson, a local expert on human trafficking. You can see her power point presentation here.


In August 2012, we hosted a r.a.d.KIDS event, a four-day event for elementary-aged children that teaches children ways to defend themselves from abuse, abduction, and exploitation. Our 2013 r.a.d.KIDS event is scheduled for August 5-8. Contact the Church Office for more information or to register your child.You can learn more about this national program at the r.a.d.KIDS website


In November 2012 and May 2013, we hosted a community viewing of the film Sex + Money, a documentary on human trafficking in the United States.


We also provided a free educational event entitled "Steward of Children", a program to help adults identify children who are being sexually abused and what to do.



"Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them."

 -Richard L. Evans

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 03:40
CAC Prayer Ministry PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 July 2012 10:10

large_praying_handsA key component of our ministry is prayer. Zoar has more than 500 children under the age of 18. Each child has an adult member of Zoar praying for them on a daily basis. The adults know only the child's first name, age and gender. Pray-ers are provided a copy of the Cherish All Children Prayer booklet if they request it or are welcome to pray as they wish. A one year commitment is requested for each pray-er. Surrounding our children with prayer reminds us that all children are God's children and deserve love, protection and safety.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 03:41