|For Immediate Release||Contact: Sally Berenzweig|
|December 8, 2011|
KidSafe Foundation Empowers Penn State Students through a Wristband Awareness Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse
Boca Raton, FL – The KidSafe Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to bring Prevention Education Safety Programs to both children and adults nationally, announces partnership with Penn State Students to raise awareness of child abuse. KidSafe Foundation received numerous emails from Penn State students about Penn State Football Administrative Staff’s Child Abuse Cover Up and their sense of feeling powerless and eager to “make a difference.” Penn State students, led by sophomore, Briana Hauser, partnered with KidSafe Foundation to distribute blue rubber wristbands to students that state “Prevent Child Abuse” to continue to raise awareness. The KidSafe Foundation’s website is printed on the wristbands for more information on Prevention Education Programs, decrease child abuse, education tools for adults and additional resources.
Education is key since one out of three girls and one out of six boys will be sexually exploited before the age of 18. KidSafe believes that children deserve the right to be safe, the right to have a voice and to learn how to access help. Adults need to know how to talk to children (in a non-threatening or scary way) and how to openly talk with their children about personal safety.
“When the Penn State Scandal broke the world woke up to the epidemic of child abuse. This was not ‘new’ news to those of us in the field of child safety, as we know child abuse is happening everywhere, it is just not making the headlines. The Penn State students began reaching out to us for information and ways they can help prevent child abuse. That’s why we are so excited that Briana Hauser is spearheading the distribution of the wristbands. We hope students will wear them and continue to raise awareness of child abuse – it’s an epidemic and we need to treat it as one – all children and adults need prevention education” –
Sally Berenzweig, M.Ed, MA Founder KidSafe Foundation
“This is not a local isolated problem. This is a global problem. The Daily Collegian’s reporter Danae Blasso also got involved by writing a piece on KidSafe and student Briana Hauser and their joint effort to raise awareness of child abuse. We are so proud of the Penn State student body for their pro-active involvement in this awareness campaign and making a difference. They have joined together to show the world they care – making strides to Keep Kids Safe!!!” –
Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW Founder KidSafe Foundation
About The KidSafe Foundation
The KidSafe Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit dedicated to providing Prevention Education to children, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to decrease abuse, bullying, abduction and online safety issues. Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW the Cofounders of KidSafe, Child Safety Experts, Educators, Public Speakers, Authors and most importantly two moms on a mission to keep children safe. They have taught over 20,000 children throughout South Florida and have brought their workshops and seminars to thousands of adults. To learn more about KidSafe Foundation please visit their web site www.kidsafefoundation.org