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Facilitator Newsletter April 2013

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Hello Facilitators

Spring has sprung here in Charleston.  Hope you are getting a taste for warmer weather where you are.  Lots of great things happening and we are eager to share so please read on. 

We also encourage you to keep an eye out for our upcoming newsletters.  We will be providing information in the months ahead about Stewards of Children 2.0.  This newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date as the project progresses.  

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 1983, April was proclaimed the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  As a result, child abuse and neglect awareness activities are promoted across the country during April of each year.  The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Children's Bureau coordinates Child Abuse Prevention Month activities at the Federal level, providing information and releasing updated national statistics about child abuse and neglect. 

In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse.  She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse.  The campaign has since expanded across the country; many people wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse.  Based on Prevent Child Abuse America's (PCAA) Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, some communities distribute pinwheels and coordinate outdoor pinwheel displays representing children affected by abuse or neglect.  Regardless of the type of activity, the focus has shifted to a positive message of supporting families and strengthening communites to prevent child abuse and neglect.

April is a great month to challenge the organizations in your communities to take a stand against child sexual abuse.  Use this opportunity to approach an organization about taking Stewards of Children as part of their April prevention efforts.  Challenge yourself to see how many organizations you can help become a Partner in Prevention.  We have an entire month where the country will be focused on child abuse prevention, make it count!   

In the U.S., 400 THOUSAND children are sexually abused each year.  Show the world your commitment to CSA prevention by setting this as your Facebook profile picture, share on Twitter or add to your e-mail signature for the month of April.  Together, we can end child sexual abuse!

Welcome Jessica and Katherine!

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Richardson and Katherine Lee to D2L.

Jessica is our new Programs Communication Manager. Jessica is a native of Texas and moved to Charleston, SC in 2007. She enjoys having fun in the sun with her college sweetheart and husband of six years, Wil. For the last six years, she has handled event management and marketing for the Kiawah Island Community Association. Her e-mail address is JRichardson@D2L.org and ext. is 23.

Katherine is our new Program Support Coordinator. Katherine was born and raised here in Charleston, South Carolina. However, she spent the last year and a half working for a non-profit named Invisible Children, where she helped execute the most viral video of all time, KONY 2012.  Her e-mail address is KLee@D2L.org and her ext. is 31.

Meet Dave Moody

We are pleased to introduce you to one of our new survivors that will be featured in our updated version of Stewards of Children. Dave Moody a native of Chicago, Illinois and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Dave owns the second-largest minority contracting company in Georgia, C.D. Moody Construction Co. Dave's largest project has been rebuilding himself after having been sexually abused when he was only 10 years old. A secret he kept for 26 years until 1992 when he finally told his wife, Karla.

In an interview with the Atlanta Business Journal, Dave stated, "If I help just one person realize that life can be OK, it will be worth it. I want to give hope to people who have suffered from sexual abuse, panic attacks, anxiety attacks or post-traumatic stress disorder."  We are honored that Dave agreed to share his story with us. Read more about Dave Moody and his journey from victim of child sexual abuse to survivor.

Dave is one of seven survivors, including Marilyn Van Derbur being featured in the new version of Stewards of Children. We will introduce you to the new survivors in the upcoming months.

We also recommend, that you follow Dave's blog as he shares his journey.  You will learn about the events that have taken place in his life that have molded him into the man he is today.  


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