"'We want to have a society, a culture, a nation in which every child has the right to grow up in healthy developmental ways, have happy childhoods that transition into adulthood and become very good members of the community,' Hmurovich said.
PCAA began to develop a plan to "fill in the gaps" on child abuse prevention laws and policies, Hmurovich said. He said the organization wants to create a movement to invest in children's well-being, and that these investments are just as important as other policy issues like national security."
"Delman, 57, said financial stress, alcoholism and other factors played a role in her abuse. Community support and initiatives have grown since her own childhood experience, but many of these efforts focus on responding to abuse instead of preventing it, she said.
'The good news is I'm a survivor,' she said. 'The great news is I am thriving.'
Delman recommended several prevention methods for individuals, such as engaging children in a healthy way, promoting good parenting skills and reporting suspected abuse. She reported her own abuse to her high school counselor, and she said it helped prevent her younger siblings from getting abused."