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"The Innocence Revolution" Launches Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse
April 14, 2013 marks the global initiative. Over 30 countries signed on to host events to promote child sexual abuse prevention. Co-founded by a NYC prosecutor, this event is the first of its kind.
By: The Innocence Revolution
300,000 children around the world are sexually abused a year, many by close relatives or people they know and trust. Experts state that one in four girls and one in six boys will experience sexual abuse by their eighteenth birthday. A majority of victims are under the age of ten.
“Sadly, the exploitation and sexual abuse of children is nothing new, but from my experience, I see it increasing at an alarming rate,” states Jill Starishevsky, Esq., a co-founder with Tom Scales of The Innocence Revolution, a non-profit organization whose mission is to combat child sexual abuse worldwide. Starishevsky is a New York City Assistant District Attorney and child advocate who has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders for crimes against children.
To combat the global child sexual abuse crisis, Starishevsky, Scales and other child advocates
– some of whom were victims themselves – have formed The Innocence Revolution to increase awareness, educate the public and to marshal global support. The Innocence Revolution will officially launch this important initiative simultaneously in countries around the world on April 14, 2013. This is the first global event of its kind.
There are many ways to support The Innocence Revolution and help protect children. Visit www.TheInnocenceRevolution.net to see the map of events around the world and REGISTER for an event in your area. With a flash mob planned in London, road races in Kenya, D.C. and Florida and an outdoor music festival in India with a clothing drive to clothe naked children in the streets, there will be plenty of opportunity to make an impact and allow our voices to be heard. Pakistan, Italy, Australia, Ghana and Nigeria are among the countries joining in.
New York City will be hosting a Day of Awareness at the Cherry Esplanade in Carl Schurz Park at 86th Street and East End Avenue from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on April 14th. The event will provide visibility and education about child sexual abuse prevention for adults and family fun with face painting and craft projects for the children. Jill Starishevsky will be on hand for the event.
Starishevsky adds “It has been amazing to watch as organizations and individuals unite to fight child sexual abuse. On April 14th, The Innocence Revolution intends to make some noise so that together we can stop the silence.”