A message from Jim Hmurovich, President and CEO

Announcing Marissa Morabito as Senior Director of Public Policy

CHICAGO, IL, February 12, 2014 – Prevent Child Abuse America is pleased to announce the appointment of Marissa Morabito to fill the role of Senior Director of Public Policy in the national office. Marissa will be based out of Washington D.C. and will lead the efforts to promote the public policy agenda of our organization.

She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in political science having interned within the Arizona House of Representatives and having worked as a coordinator on Arizona’s minimum wage initiative before moving on to become a Senior Associate at The Media Guys, Inc., a strategic communications firm.

In 2007 Marissa returned to the Arizona House of Representatives as a Policy Advisor and Research Analyst where she helped determine the impacts of proposed laws and helped formulate policy by researching, analyzing, and drafting legislation, and also helped draft two laws for the Department of Defense. Following a move to Washington, D.C., Marissa has worked as a Research Director within the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee where she has monitored legislation within a 13 state territory and worked closely with legislators and stakeholders.

Marissa is an excellent addition to our staff and will be a tremendous asset in helping to develop a national strategy for children while ensuring that funding for proven and effective programs like home visiting will continue. Her presence in Washington D.C. will be especially useful in allowing our organization to respond quickly to developing issues and allow us greater access to key government officials.

Marissa can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be officially joining our staff on February 27.

 

 

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Actor Josh Charles and Prevent Child Abuse America transform Times Square into Big Pinwheel Garden

 

Actor Josh Charles and Prevent Child Abuse America transform Times Square into Big Pinwheel Garden

Event promotes pinwheel as symbol for healthy starts for our nation’s children

APRIL 9, 2014 (NEW YORK, NY) – "The Good Wife" actor Josh Charles helped Prevent Child Abuse America transform Times Square into the Big Pinwheel Garden yesterday to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month and promote the pinwheel as the symbol for healthy starts for all children. Charles was joined by Manhattan magazine’s Cristina Cuomo and over 200 volunteers, holding nearly 5,000 pinwheels to create the display.

"I hope to be a father someday soon, and I feel strongly that living an innocent, care-free life isn't a right for just SOME children. It's the right for ALL children, regardless of the neighborhood they grow up in – or their socio-economic status," said Charles. "I care about the welfare of the next generation. Children are the artists, the politicians, the engineers, the doctors, the scientists of tomorrow, and I want to see ALL of them have the chance to lead full, productive, and safe lives."

The Times Square Big Pinwheel Garden is one of many such activities taking place across the country throughout April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, and is the signature event of the organization’s Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, through which Prevent Child Abuse America has distributed more than 3.5 million pinwheels nationwide since April 2008.

“According to UNICEF, the U.S. ranks poorly in children’s issues, including being 32nd out of 34 industrialized nations in terms of child poverty and 26th out of 29 in terms of overall well-being. Realities like these should serve as a wake-up call and that we can and must do better,” said Jim Hmurovich, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “Pinwheel gardens are calls-to-action, some as simple as to provide the personal attention to families and children that each of us, from time to time, have needed ourselves. The pinwheels remind us that our nation does not have a national strategy to promote the healthy development of each child, regardless of their circumstances. This must change and our call to action must be to change our personal behavior, attitudes and social norms to value children; all children.”

To support Prevent Child Abuse America's efforts, the public can:

• Help a neighbor in need by offering to baby-sit or give parents a break
• Volunteer for your Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter or another child-serving agency
• Donate at www.pinwheelsforprevention.org/give
• Donate $10 by texting PINWHEEL to 20222* (powered by www.givebycell.com)

 

 

 

Prevent Child Abuse America teams with actor Josh Charles to turn Tims Square into Big Pinwheel Garden on April 8

 

Prevent Child Abuse America teams with actor Josh Charles to turn Times Square into Big Pinwheel Garden on April 8

NYC event headlines month-long series of activities nationwide calling people to action in support of healthy starts for kids throughout April's Child Abuse Prevention Month

APRIL 7, 2014 (NEW YORK, NY) – Prevent Child Abuse America and actor Josh Charles from the Emmy-nominated CBS show, The Good Wife, will turn New York City’s iconic Times Square into a "Big Pinwheel Garden" on Tuesday, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. ET with hundreds of supporters creating a display of more than 5,000 pinwheels – the national symbol for child abuse prevention. The event calls for people to take action in support of healthy child development as the nation marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This will be the signature event of the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, through which Prevent Child Abuse America has distributed more than 3.5 million pinwheels nationwide since the campaign’s launch in April 2008.

“We all want healthy starts for our nation’s children; yet we know that various adversities like poverty, child abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse can sometimes get in the way,” said Charles. “But we can all play a role in taking the time to do what we can, to provide every child with the opportunity to have an even playing field as they start their lives. I’m a good example. I’m not a parent but hope to be in the future and very much want to see all children have the opportunity to lead full, productive lives.”

Charles will be joined at the event by Cristina Cuomo, Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan magazine, who will host the proceedings. Key organizational partners such as Manhattan magazine, Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Tau and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs are lending support.

To support the campaign, the public can:

• Help a neighbor in need by offering to baby-sit or give parents a break
• Volunteer for your Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter or another child- or family- serving agency
• Donate at www.pinwheelsforprevention.org/give
• Donate $10 by texting PINWHEEL to 20222* (powered by www.givebycell.com)

“According to UNICEF, the U.S. ranks poorly in children’s issues, including being 32nd out of 34 industrialized nations in terms of child poverty and 26th out of 29 in terms of overall well-being. Realities like these should serve as a wake-up call and that we can and must do better,” said Jim Hmurovich, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “Pinwheel gardens are calls-to-action, some as simple as to provide the personal attention to families and children that each of us, from time to time, have needed ourselves. The pinwheels remind us that our nation does not have a national strategy to promote the healthy development of each child, regardless of their circumstances. This must change and our call to action must be to change our personal behavior, attitudes and social norms to value children; all children.”

In addition to the New York City event on Tuesday, April 8, the organization will host another Big Pinwheel Garden in Chicago on Wednesday, April 16, at Navy Pier, and Prevent Child Abuse America state chapters will conduct pinwheels-focused events throughout April, including a pinwheel garden event hosted by Nebraska’s First Lady in downtown Lincoln, NE; a “pinwheel garden” of 1,000 pinwheels in Indianapolis (each representing 87 healthy births for the 87,000 children born annually in Indiana); and pinwheel rallies at state capitals around the country.

 

 

 

Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying

 

An advisory from Leslie Mitchel Bond, Director of Bullying Prevention

Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying

CHICAGO, IL, March 7, 2014 – The National Office wants to make sure we all are aware of a new App designed for college students that has made its way on the cell phones of high school students across the country. 

Yik Yak, an app similar in design to Snap Chat with words streaming in a Twitter like feed that disappear, allows other users in a given location (e.g., school) to view all comments. To register, users are asked to confirm that they are 17, but many click “agree” who are younger and with no profile or password, the communication is completely anonymous.

To date, reports of threats and slander in high schools from Alabama, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania have caused principals to block the app from wireless networks or ban children from using cellular devices in school.

With over 185,000 current users, this app raises new concerns about Cyber Bullying. As an organization, Prevent Child Abuse America seeks to promote positive digital citizenship and encourages the network to alert their local affiliates and social media channels to the dangers of this app as well as ways to educate parents and teens about appropriate relationship skills both in person and on-line.

We have an opportunity to make this a teachable moment for parents and educators about how behaviors and choices impact others, particularly in the digital world.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Mitchel Bond, Director, Bullying Prevention Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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