Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, Vice President for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America talks "TLC’s Breaking the Silence on child sexual abuse" at philly.com. And our new child sexual abuse prevention infographics too.

So please do take a look at what Dr. Rosenzweig has to say here - and please note that we have posted an excerpt below - as well as our new child sexual abuse prevention infographics here. Also, please let us know what you think about both. Thanks! 

"Having viewed the show, I’m having a half-empty/half full moment.

It was wonderful that the message was repeated throughout the show that “stranger danger” is a dangerous misnomer - we know that the overwhelming majority of sexual abuse occurs with strangers victims know.  This bears repeating again and again. 

The focus in the show on Darkness to Light’s 5 Steps to Protecting our Children is both forward thinking and provided a call to action – offering parents and community members entrusted with the safety of children ideas of how to proceed.  For that I am grateful.

It’s also wonderful that Erin Merryn has emerged as a vocal and credible advocate and put an articulate voice to this issue.  Her courage and tenacity have brought hope to survivors, and shed a bright light on a dark and ugly subject many prefer to ignore.  Her advocacy leading to the passage of "Erin’s Law” in 26 states, teaching children to disclose abuse and educators how recognize it is laudable.
        
But here’s the rub: it makes a mistake, crucial to prevention work, by teaching children to ask for help only AFTER they have had a bad experience or worse, confusing this with real prevention."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Care-free and Full of Promise.

Hello!

Ever since I began this job over nine years ago I have constantly asked myself "what can I do to help every child have a great childhood like mine?"

I think about this when I'm in the office, speaking to groups across the nation, doing interviews and even when I'm out taking a walk.

It brings a smile to my face when I see children who are care-free and full of promise. It reminds me about how great it is to live in our nation. It also reminds me that our nation must continue to care about the healthy emotional, social and physical development of every child, because our children are our future.

With school starting in a few weeks, we can all remind ourselves that children are there to learn more than mathematics and literature; they are also learning to manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

Let's ask ourselves: "What can I do to ensure that?"

A recent study reported bullying, or peer-to-peer abuse, among students age 12-18 dropped to 22% after remaining fixed at 28% for the past 8 years. This is amazing news! Though we have our work cut out for us in order to decrease this number even further, we should feel confident that we are making strides in our efforts to incorporate social emotional learning in all areas of the school system and to engage the broader community.

Together we can make all of this possible. By giving a gift today, you will help programs such as peer-to-peer abuse (bullying) prevention efforts and Healthy Families America, which serves more than 85,000 families each year by focusing on developing these skills and attitudes by nurturing positive parent-child bonds and supporting parents' effort to provide the foundation for healthy child development.


Sincerely,

James M. Hmurovich
President & CEO

Friday, August 21, 2015

Jared Fogle and the Roles We Can All Play in the Lives of Children.

In response to the Jared Fogle story that has been in the media this week, we posted a brief statement titled "Jared Fogle and the Roles We Can All Play in the Lives of Children." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"When we hear stories like that about former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle who has been charged with child pornography and child prostitution, it can be shocking. It can cause confusion. It can cause anger. And these reactions make sense.

However, we can’t allow these reactions to prevent us from taking action, because at Prevent Child Abuse America we know – and the research shows – that there are steps that each of us can take that can help prevent a situation like this from happening in the future.

At Prevent Child Abuse America we believe that all children deserve great childhoods because our children are our future. This seems like such a simple sentiment, but it drives our work every day, because it speaks to the many things that we want for our children – all children – and our nation: healthy, productive adults who have a positive impact on the communities they live in.

We’re sure that you want that too, but at the same time recognize that it is often difficult to act without knowing what to do. In light of this story, we’ve compiled some ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of children and families in your community, and help you turn your natural feelings of anger or confusion into positive and proactive steps that can make a difference."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Check it out: The current edition of our newsletter is live!

And you can learn more about what's happening with Healthy Families America, our new ACEs infographic, the Spirit of Prevent Award that was recently won by Rebecca Ruffner the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America, read a message from James M. Hmurovich, our President & CEO and Connect the Dots here. So please do take a look and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about any of this. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Boris Kodjoe of the 'Boris & Nicole Show' to host Inaugural 'Party for Prevention' at the LA Zoo.


Boris Kodjoe of “The Boris & Nicole Show,” “Last Man on Earth,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Soul Food” will headline the inaugural Party for Prevention at the LA Zoo on Saturday, August 29, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse California to help ensure great childhoods for all children nationally and in Southern California. Designed to encourage playful interaction between parents and their children, this event will feature a range of engaging activities for parents and kids, visits from several of the zoo’s animals, lunch, dessert, silent auction and raffle. Many companies have come together to make this event possible, including lead sponsor NBC Universal and media partner Angeleno Magazine. To purchase tables and tickets to the 2015 “Party for Prevention” at the LA Zoo please go here. “I am very proud to associate with and support these two wonderful organizations,” said Kodjoe. “As a father of two, I can think of nothing more important than giving my children, and all children across the country, every opportunity to enjoy a healthy and happy childhood and the chance to lead full and productive lives.” You can read the full press release on Boris Kodjoe and the inaugural 'Party for Prevention' at the LA Zoo here.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Check it out: Spend Seven Days in 5-Star Luxury at the Palace By The Sea in Manzanillo, Mexico!

Prevent Child Abuse America is proud to announce that we are working with CharityBuzz to offer exciting and unique auction items to help raise funds and awareness for the mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. Check out our first item:

Spend Seven Days in 5-Star Luxury at the Palace By The Sea in Manzanillo, Mexico!

Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from terraces offering unobstructed 180-degree views. Enjoy drinks and appetizers poolside while you watch pelicans showing off in the evening sky. Sunbathe or snorkel at La Punta's large, clean, private beach, rated by Conde Nast as one of the world's top private beaches.

Palace By The Sea comes complete with a five-member professional staff, use of a nine-passenger SUV to visit nearby shopping and dining and a golf cart to travel around the community or down to the beach. Palace By The Sea will ensure that you are immersed in a world of total comfort.

Bid today and allow yourself to be pampered beyond imagination!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Join us for the inaugural Party for Prevention at the LA Zoo benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse California!

Join us on Saturday, August 29th for the inaugural Party for Prevention at the LA Zoo benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse California. Enjoy lunch, engaging activities for parents and kids, and up-close interactions with some of the zoo's most popular animals. Proceeds will help ensure great childhoods for all children, locally and nationally, because our children are our future. Learn more here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Check it out: The current edition of our newsletter is live!

And you can learn more about what's happening with Healthy Families America and the Prevent Child Abuse America chapter network, how you can help us receive a 2015 Top-Rated Non-Profit award from GREATNONPROFITS and Connect the Dots here. So please do take a look and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about any of this. Thanks!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Prevent Child Abuse America Strategic Plan is now available.

In 2014, we began a strategic planning process in order to map out the goals, objectives, and activities that would guide our organization over the next three years. This process resulted in a plan that better focuses our efforts and strategies toward our ultimate goal of creating a nation in which all children have great childhoods and in which no child is ever abused or neglected. You can find a copy of the plan here.