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Ben Tanzer, Prevent Child Abuse America
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Prevent Child Abuse America and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan to Turn the 'Big Apple' into the 'Big Pinwheel' on April 16
Event to call people to action in support of healthy child development through massive display of pinwheels, the new national child abuse prevention symbol, in Times Square

April 16, 2013 (New York, NY) – Prevent Child Abuse America will turn the "Big Apple" into the "Big Pinwheel" today with a display of more than 5,000 pinwheels – the new national symbol for child abuse prevention – in Times Square to call people to action in support of healthy child development and to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month. This will be the signature event of the national Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, which has seen nearly 3 million pinwheels distributed since its launch in 2008. Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, who hails from New York and whose personal platform is child sexual abuse prevention, is event spokesperson, and "Extra!” Correspondent, A.J. Calloway, will emcee. Participating sponsor Hedge Funds Care – Preventing and Treating Child Abuse, and promotional partners NBA Cares, Manhattan Magazine, and SparkAction, are providing support. Over 250 volunteers will participate to help create the display.

“As Miss America, I have the opportunity to share my family’s personal story of child sexual abuse. I have witnessed firsthand the need to stop the abuse of children before it starts and I am proud to work with wonderful organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America to call attention to this very important subject. Together, we can shine a national spotlight on this issue that needs and deserves our attention,” said Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan.

To support the campaign, the public can:

“Sponsor" pinwheels in the Big Pinwheel Garden at;

Donate $10 by texting PINWHEEL to 20222* (powered by;

Purchase a tie from Prevent Child Abuse America’s Collection at, inspired by NBA stars Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love and Ronny Turiaf, and Pro Football Player Lawrence Jackson;

Volunteer for a Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter; or,

Become more informed or purchase pinwheels by visiting

“Each and every one of us can and must play a role when it comes to ensuring the healthy development, and prevention of the abuse of, our nation’s children,” said Prevent Child Abuse America President and CEO, James M. Hmurovich. “If 90% of the public knows that child abuse is a serious issue, then let the Big Pinwheel Garden serve as our reminder that not only must we act for the future of our nation, but we must act now.”

The Big Pinwheel Garden is a grander version of what is and has been done by Prevent Child Abuse America chapters nationwide throughout April. From a botanic garden in Virginia to "palm trees and pinwheels" in Florida to the capitol lawn in multiple states to “painting the town blue” in Indiana, pinwheels are blowing in the breeze from coast to coast, standing as a symbol for the healthy and happy childhoods all children deserve.

Volunteer and additional promotional support provided by Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Tau and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.


About Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and 581 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 41 states, all the territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites at or

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Jared Fogle and the Roles We Can All Play in the Lives of Children

Jared Fogle and the Roles We Can All Play in the Lives of Children

CHICAGO, IL, August 21, 2015 – When we hear stories like that about former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle who has been charged with child pornography and child prostitution, it can be shocking. It can cause confusion. It can cause anger. And these reactions make sense.

However, we can’t allow these reactions to prevent us from taking action, because at Prevent Child Abuse America we know – and the research shows – that there are steps that each of us can take that can help prevent a situation like this from happening in the future.

At Prevent Child Abuse America we believe that all children deserve great childhoods because our children are our future. This seems like such a simple sentiment, but it drives our work every day, because it speaks to the many things that we want for our children – all children – and our nation: healthy, productive adults who have a positive impact on the communities they live in.

We’re sure that you want that too, but at the same time recognize that it is often difficult to act without knowing what to do. In light of this story, we’ve compiled some ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of children and families in your community, and help you turn your natural feelings of anger or confusion into positive and proactive steps that can make a difference.

For parents, please note that the children in this story appear to have been accessed on-line, and so parents, you must be conscientious in monitoring your children’s on-line use. To quote the Six Pillars for Prevention from National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, “Today’s children and youth have never known a world that is not filled with technology. Since technology is now an integral part of all our daily lives, parents must be diligent in who can access our children and youth.”

For ideas about how to do this, you can use resources like “A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety” from the FBI.

For our communities, we must work together to end the demand for children as sexual commodities. Rather than responding after the harm and focusing on how to reduce risk for potential victims, we have to identify factors that feed demand for children to be viewed as sexual objects in mainstream media, takes away barriers to sexually abusing/exploiting children, makes it easier to access child sexual abuse images or children/teens depictions in pornography and/or children to buy to sexually exploit.

And for our legal system, we must attend to child victims of sex trafficking as victims, not sex workers. Children, by definition are developmentally incapable of giving consent, even if they think they did. They are victims and deserve to be treated as such. The adults who exploited them must be held accountable and the children offered the help they deserve.

On this final point, we want to be clear: we should not be prosecuting kids who are victims, and many states have passed Safe Harbor laws to avoid doing just that. You can learn more about these laws at the American Bar Association.

“As we work at Prevent Child Abuse America to prevent the abuse and neglect of children before it can ever occur,” said James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America, “we look at strategies that can involve everyone from individuals and families to communities and law makers. This troubling story of Jared Fogle has lessons for all of these areas, and in all of these areas there are roles we can, and must, play.”

Announcing Anita Odom as Senior Director of Chapter Services

Announcing Anita Odom as the Senior Director of Chapter Services

Prevent Child Abuse America is pleased to announce the addition of Anita Odom to The National Office Team beginning September 14, 2015. She will assume the responsibilities of the Senior Director of Chapter Services.

Anita is a well-known and respected member of our organization having served as the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida for the past four years. Thanks to her work with the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Prevent Child Abuse chapter in Florida, Anita is experienced and knowledgeable of chapter network operations. Her “can-do” attitude will serve all of us well in this new role.

Anita is a graduate of Janus Pannonius University in Hungary, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Educational Administration. She is also a graduate of Florida State University, Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Sociology. Prior to beginning her career with the Ounce of Prevention Fund in 2004, Anita worked as a Program Assistant and then Program Coordinator for the National Philharmonie in Hungary.

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida, Anita is also familiar with our Healthy Families America program thanks to her time working as the Healthy Families Plus Program Coordinator in Florida from September 2006 to September 2011.

Please join me in welcoming Anita to the Prevent Child Abuse America National Office. Anita can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Boris Kodjoe of the 'Boris & Nicole Show' to host Inaugural 'Party for Prevention' at the LA Zoo

Boris Kodjoe of the 'Boris & Nicole Show' to host Inaugural 'Party for Prevention' at the LA Zoo

Special Guest Jessica St. Clair of USA Network’s ‘Playing House’ to also appear at August 29th event to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and its Calif. chapter

Los Angeles, August 26, 2015 – Boris Kodjoe of “The Boris & Nicole Show,” “Last Man on Earth,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Soul Food” will headline the inaugural Party for Prevention at the LA Zoo on Saturday, August 29, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Joining Kodjoe as a Special Guest will be Jessica St. Clair, creator and co-star of USA Network’s, “Playing House.” Proceeds from the event will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse California to help ensure great childhoods for all children nationally and in Southern California. 

Designed to encourage playful interaction between parents and their children, this event will feature a range of engaging activities for parents and kids, visits from several of the zoo’s animals, lunch, dessert, silent auction and raffle. Many companies have come together to make this event possible, including lead sponsor NBCUniversal and media partner Angeleno Magazine. To purchase tables and tickets to the 2015 “Party for Prevention” at the LA Zoo, visit 

“I am very proud to associate with and support these two wonderful organizations,” said Kodjoe. “As a father of two, I can think of nothing more important than giving my children, and all children across the country, every opportunity to enjoy a healthy and happy childhood and the chance to lead full and productive lives.”

Added St. Clair, “As an actress, comedian and writer I play many roles, but none more important than that of ‘mom.’ When I come home, no matter what kind of day I have had on the set, I am just ‘mom;’ and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Half of this event’s proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse California to make a difference among children and families in and around Los Angeles. Added Prevent Child Abuse California President & CEO, Sheila Boxley, “Our responsibility is to be of service to and a voice for all children and families throughout California. This event will help us pursue that ambition in the Los Angeles area. We look forward to launching this new event and helping it grow over time.”

Support has also been generously provided by the Kappa Delta Private Foundation, Toyota Motor Sales LA, Tejon Ranch, Latham & Watkins and Psomas.

“Each of us plays an important role in ensuring that all children have a great childhood because our children are our future,” said Prevent Child Abuse America President and CEO, James M. Hmurovich. “Through this event, our guests, sponsors and Boris are doing their part and taking our shared responsibility to the next generation very seriously. I cannot thank them enough for their support.”

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