PCAR Chief Executive Officer Issues Call to Action to Protect PA Children


Kristen Houser, Vice President Communications

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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

HARRISBURG-- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Chief Executive Officer Delilah Rumburg today issued an urgent call to action on behalf of Pennsylvania's most at-risk and vulnerable children and youth.

Included in Rumburg's call to action is a re-dedication to the fact that preventing child abuse is a community responsibility and that we all have a role to play.

Vulnerable children require that we shift the responsibility of child protection from the child to adults. In recognition of adult responsibility, PCAR has created a nationally recognized and respected HERO campaign. The campaign utilizes compelling public service announcements about child sexual abuse to spur adults to act, to become heroes for a child. The campaign provides adults with the tools and confidence they may need to report suspected child abuse. Concerned, but potentially unprepared citizens who suspect a child is at risk can speak to specially trained sexual assault counselors at 877-874-HERO for resources and assistance in reporting abuse. To learn more about the HERO project, visit www.heroproject.org.

"We are shocked by the brutality and apparent public nature of the alleged incidences of child abuse that occurred on the Penn State University campus, but abuse is not always so graphic," reminded Rumburg. "Child sexual abuse thrives because it often takes a path of more subtle, yet still blatant, actions which is why training about recognizing and reporting child abuse is fundamental."

"There are ways in which Pennsylvania law and child welfare practices have left children exposed, including too often the absence of accountability," says Rumburg. "Willingness by policy makers -- and voters -- to directly and indirectly sanction the erosion of investment in critical prevention, legal, and therapeutic interventions available to children brutalized by sexual abuse has led to systemic failures."

"We cannot be shocked and frustrated by the fact that young children were so victimized and then turn a blind eye to the fact that they absolutely require counseling, legal advocacy, and support as they struggle to move from victim to survivor," stressed Rumburg. "Prevention must be prioritized and community-based programs critical to the healing journey can only come with increased state and federal funding."

Who: Delilah Rumburg, Chief Executive Officer, PCAR and Paul Treml, child sexual abuse survivor.

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Where: Borough Building of State College, Room No. 201

State College, PA 16801

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is the oldest and largest state anti-sexual violence coalition in the U.S. The organization represents 51 sexual assault centers that serve the state's 67 counties. Each year these centers provide confidential services, at no charge, to more than 30,000 men, women and children affected by sexual abuse.

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