KidSafe Joins National Coalition of Child Protection Organizations








A press conference will be held to announce the formation of a coalition to ask President Obama and his Administration to institute a National Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children.


While the Catholic bishops gather for their annual meeting in Baltimore, Catholic Whistleblowers, the dedicated clergy and former clergy of the Catholic Church dedicated to child protection will be in Washington DC to announce a newly formed coalition of child protection organizations seeking a National Commission on Child Sex Abuse, along the lines of the groundbreaking Australia Royal Commission on Institutional Abuse.  Following over a decade trying to work from the inside of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Whistleblowers are asking the President to institute a broad-ranging commission to study child sex abuse in all settings.


Over 25 groups join the Catholic Whistleblowers in their request:


American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) (Michael L. Haney)

American Humanist Association (Roy Speckhart, Matt Bulger)

Catholic Whistleblowers (Rev. Jim Connell, Tom Doyle, etc.)

Child Friendly Faith Program  (Janet Heimlich)

Child Justice, Inc.  (Eileen King)

Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA) (John Salveson)

Foundation for Survivors of Abuse (FSA) (Deondra Brown)

Horace Mann Action Coalition  (HMAC) (Peter Brooks)

Justice4PaKids (Maureen Cislo)

KidSafe Foundation (Sally Berenzweig)

Lauren’s Kids (Claire VanSusteren)

MaleSurvivor  (Christopher Anderson)

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAACSA) (Bill Murray)

National Black Church Initiative  (NBCI) (Rev. Anthony Evans)

National Center for Victims of Crime  (NCVC)(Jeff Dion)

National Organization of Forensic Social Work (Viola Vaughan Eden)

National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)

(Sandi Capuano Morrison)

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Peaceful Hearts Foundation (Matt Sandusky)

Road to Recovery (Robert Hoatson)

SNAP   (David Clohessy, Barbara Blaine)

Speaking Truth to Power (STTOP)

Stop the Silence (Pamela Pine)

Survivors and Clergy Leadership Alliance (Peter Isely)

Together We Heal (David Pittman)

Turning Point  (Kristen Woolley)

Vertigo Charitable Foundation (Valerie Gibson)

Voice Today (Angela Williams, Marlan Wilbanks)



WHEN:          Monday, November 16, 2015

1:00 pm



WHERE:         Lafayette Park

(in front of White House)

Washington, DC

WHO:             Catholic Whistleblowers and over 25 organizations

dedicated to child protection

Professor Marci A. Hamilton

Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society





Marci A. Hamilton

New York City and Philadelphia

(215) 353-8984


Dr. Robert M. Hoatson,

Catholic Whistleblowers

West Orange, NJ

(862) 368-2800


Rev. James Connell

Catholic Whistleblowers

Milwaukee, WI

(414) 940-8054





Marci A. Hamilton

Marci Hamilton is one of the United States’ leading experts on child sex abuse in institutions and on access to justice for child sex abuse victims.  Professor Hamilton is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Fox Leadership Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, Philadelphia, PA, and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  She is a prolific author on the plight of child sex abuse victims in the legal system, including Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press 2012).  Professor Hamilton clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.



"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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