For The Child’s Annual Circle of Friends Breakfast to Feature Guest Speaker Erin Merryn
2015-03-27 · By Editor
On April 1, For The Child’s annual Circle of Friends breakfast features special guest speaker Erin Merryn, a childhood sexual abuse survivor turned author, speaker, child advocate and activist. Erin has made it her mission to persuade all 50 states to pass Erin’s Law, which mandates that all public schools use age-appropriate curricula to teach students how to tell on anyone who touches or attempts to touch their private parts. She advocates training for teachers and parents. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel Ballroom.
Every six minutes a child is sexually assaulted in the United States.
Only one in every 10 sexually abused children ever tell anyone about it.
These and other startling statistics appear on the website www.ErinsLaw.org and underscore the importance of bringing awareness to the issue and empowering children to speak-up. Merryn was a victim of rape and incest starting when she was six years old. Her activism has helped more than 20 states, including California, adopt versions of “Erin’s Law.”
“Most people are completely shocked to learn the reality of how frequently sexual abuse occurs,” said For The Child’s Board President Dr. Nancy Kimber. “April is Child Abuse Awareness month and events like this one help bring to light the enormity of the situation and the effects it has, not only on the individuals involved, but the community at large.”
For The Child has been helping child sexual assault victims since 1984, providing professional treatment to help them heal as well as support groups for teen victims and their mothers as part of their larger program. For The Child’s 24/7 child advocates on the Sexual Assault Response Team, activated when law enforcement believes a child (infant to 14) has been recently sexually assaulted, assisted 116 children last year alone.
Since 1974 For The Child has been strengthening families and making a difference in the lives of children who have faced abuse or neglect. At the heart of all of For The Child’s programs are stressed families, children at risk, child victims of abuse and neglect, and the families and community members that care for them. Safeguarding these children and working with children and families to provide the tools (and hope!) that they need to lead safe, happy, and productive lives direct our program development and delivery. Their existing array of services is designed to strengthen family resilience, develop healthy, behaviors and build supportive community connections.
For The Child believes that children should be treated with respect and protected from abuse. The nonprofit 501c3 For The Child meets this challenge by providing both comprehensive child abuse treatment and family-focused mental health care, counseling, and therapy to strengthen families and provide the tools of healing to children.
For The Child’s Annual Circle of Friends breakfast is April 1, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel Ballroom, 701 W Ocean Blvd Long Beach, 90831.
To attend the breakfast, contact Denise Dahlhausen at (562) 422-8472 x103 or DDahlhausen@ForTheChild.org.
For The Child’s Vision
All children will have the opportunity to reach their natural potential free from abuse or neglect. Children will be nurtured and cared for in loving families, they will be safe in their homes, their schools and their neighborhoods.