Challenge to America Speak Up Be Safe! Back to School Child Abuse Prevention

For Immediate Release

Contact: Eden Gordon
PH/C: 202-714-6014
August 6, 2013


A Challenge to America
Speak Up Be Safe America!
Back to School Child Abuse Prevention Tools



Washington, DC– Childhelp and Michael Reagan, author of Twice Adopted and a survivor of child abuse and child pornography, together launch a message to America’s Parents, Speak Up Be Safe. Every American family is readily getting their Back to School supplies together as the first day of school begins across the country. Childhelp and Michael Reagan give America’s parents and educators theBack to School supplies to prevent child abuse and protect our children from the predators in America’s backyard.

Childhelp brings solution, prevention and intervention to America’s classroom. The Childhelp ‘Back to School’ supplies provide the easy 1-2-3 formula. First: Advocate for every state across the country to adopt Erin’s Law, a mandate to teach prevention education in every school. Currently, the states that passed Erin’s Law are: Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Arkansas and MississippiSecond: Implement preventive education through the nation’s top curriculum, Childhelp’s Speak Up Be Safe. Beginning in grades 1st – 6th , Speak Up Be Safe education tools helps children to recognize and report abuse to further prevent victimization. It’s an easy tool for children to educate their peers directly and indirectly. Third: Intervention and take action by using the key resource – your smartphone. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800- 4-A-CHILD!

Childhelp and Michael Reagan are advocating, providing the solution and intervening to take the Jerry Sandusky’s and the Ariel Castro’s off our streets and out of our neighborhoods. Together with America’s schools, teachers, parents, educators, and elected officials we can act now and remove the abuse from America’s streets. America can’t risk another’s child’s life – the risk factors will inadvertently affect quality of life variables such as contributions to our society and lack of education.*Every day 5 children die in the United States due to abuse related deaths.

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 Safecurriculum 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, cyberbullying, 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.

About Erin’s Law:
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:
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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