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Reagan Speaks to Our Country’s Greatest Deficit;

For Immediate Release                                                                                                           Contact: Eden Gordon

June 28, 2013                                                                                    edengordon@edengordonmedia.com

                                                                                                                            202-714-6014

 

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Los Angeles, CA– Childhelp and Michael Reagan, author of Twice Adopted and a survivor of child abuse and child pornography, will together launch an initiative to help protect our children from abusers. This month will be the one year anniversary for the conviction of Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky’s sentence will be 30-60 years in prison but those abused will live with these scars for a lifetime. It’s tragedies like Sandusky that remind us, as Americans, we have yet to overcome our greatest deficit in this country – the inactive measures to protect our children from abusers like Sandusky. Please take note that in America 5 children die every day because of child abuse. Don’t forget to calculate another 300,000 children per year in America are removed from their homes because of neglect and child abuse. Childhelp and Michael Reagan want to remind America that we have yet to overcome our greatest deficit – the wellbeing of our children.  Together, Childhelp and Michael Reagan declare the Call to Action to erase the numbers and to teach our children how to Speak Up Be Safe.

Reagan, for the last 25 years has spoken about his personal journey and effects of his abuse in his book Twice Adopted. Reagan will lead the call to action by engaging public schools, churches and other venues about the preventive measures to stop childhood sexual abuse. The 1-2-3 formula is for all states to adopt Erin’s Law, a mandate to teach prevention education in every school in America. Second, to implement preventive education through the nation’s top curriculum, Childhelps’ Speak Up Be Safe. Finally, to make our country aware of the key resources on their smartphone and take action by intervention- Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800- 4-A-CHILD.

About Erin’s Law:

Erin suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a male neighbor at age’s six to eight and from a teenage cousin at ages 11 to 13. Erin told her parents about the abuse from her cousin only after her sister confided in her that she had also been abused by the same relative. The family pressed charges, and the cousin eventually confessed to three counts of child sexual abuse.

 

Erin Merryn has since become a crusader for sexual-abuse victims, and actively encourages others to speak out about their own survival. She published her diary detailing her cousin's abuse and her own recovery, relapse and reconciliation in book form as Stolen Innocence in 2005 In November 2009; she published a second book, Living For Today, discussing earlier abuse by her neighbor. Beginning in 2010, she launched a campaign to pass Erin’s Law, legislation requiring that all schools make sexual abuse prevention a part of their curriculum. Since that time, seven states have adopted Erin’s Law.

 

About Childhelp’s Speak Up Be Safe:

Childhelp’s Speak Up Be Safe is the leading child abuse prevention education program in the United States.  Childhelp, leads the nation in the crusade for child abuse prevention awareness and continually petitions  Capitol Hill to shatter the silence and offer alternatives, such as Childhelp’s Speak Up Be SafeTM curriculum for grades 1st through 6th.  It equips children with skills to arm themselves from abuse in its various forms including: sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, as well as bullying, cyber bullying and internet predators.  

About Michael Reagan:

Michael Reagan is the New York Times Bestselling Author, Founder and Chairman of Reagan Legacy Foundation, Townhall Columnist, and Former Talk Radio Host. Reagan is the son of the late President Ronald Reagan and Academy Award Winning Actress, Jane Wyman. He is a devoted husband and father. Reagan’s best work Twice Adopted talks about his adoption and raises awareness to take action against child abuse and child pornography. Reagan was a victim of child abuse and a victim of child pornography. Twice Adopted talks about his personal walk about being sexually abused.

About Childhelp:

Since 1959, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse.

 

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For more information please visit Childhelp.org. To schedule an interview please contact Eden Gordon at 202-714-6014 or edengordon@edengordonmedia.com

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