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Face It Campaign Launches Today

10-Year Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Initiative Commences TODAY
Louisville Slugger Field Kick Off Rally & Press Conference Starts at 10:30 a.m. EDT

(Louisville, KY – April 9, 2013)  Kosair Charities and 18 other private & public children’s agencies are bringing April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month upfront and personal this morning with the launch of its groundbreaking new ‘Face It’ child abuse prevention campaign. This critically important child advocacy initiative is an all-out call to action for conscientious citizens to raise awareness and help fight child abuse in Louisville and the Kentuckiana region.

“Our 90+ year heritage is all about helping children in need and the ‘Face It’ campaign is an extension of that to assist victims of abuse and those at risk,” states Jerry Ward, Kosair Charities chairman of the board. “And with community-wide support such a critical component of the campaign, we urge the public to join our movement to amplify awareness and help eradicate the suffering.”

“The Face It Campaign is a compliment to the courage and vision of Kosair Charities,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “This campaign offers a real source of hope for kids in Louisville and across the Commonwealth.” 

Today also marks the launch date for, a repository of vitally important information that will provide the tools for citizens and organizations alike to support the decade-long Face It initiative.  Content includes Resources for Education; Face It Prevention Forum hosting opportunities; Face It Ambassador opportunities; instructional areas with user-friendly tips to keep child abuse top of mind and include such topics as “How to intervene if you are aware of, or witness, child abuse”; plus proprietary Donation and Volunteer pages.


10:30 – 10:35 a.m.:          Dan Fox, CEO Family & Children’s Place

10:35 – 10:40 a.m.:          Terry Brooks, Executive Director, Kentucky Youth Advocates

10:40 – 10:45 a.m.:          Jerry Ward, Chairman of the Board, Kosair Charities

10:40 – 10:45 a.m.:          Dr. Melissa Currie, Chief of the University of Louisville’s Kosair Charities Pediatric Forensic Medicine

10:45 – 10:50 a.m.:          Dan Fox closing remarks

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.:          MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY-  Flash Mob & Crowd Cheer


To arrange pre-rally/press conference interviews, or for further information prior to today’s event, contact Erin Jones at 502.414.1474 or

Alliance Members:

Boys and Girls Haven, CASA, Center for Women and Families, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), Doctors and Lawyers for Kids, Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO), Family and Children’s Place, Home of the Innocents, Jewish Family and Career Services, Kentucky Courts, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Louisville Metro Police Foundation, Maryhurst, Our Lady of Peace – Kentucky One Health, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Sunrise Children’s Services, University of Louisville, Uspiritus.


About Kosair Charities:  Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need.  Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today.  That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given more than $335 million to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life. Kosair Charities is also the largest private benefactor to Kosair Children’s Hospital. For more information please visit or call 502.637.7696.

About the Face It Campaign: The Face It Campaign, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, officially launched on April 9, 2013, as a 10-year initiative led by Kosair Charities; its vision is that by 2023 all children in Jefferson County will be free from abuse and neglect.  Face It directly addresses the increasingly unacceptable number of child abuse deaths in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas with best practices in child abuse prevention, community engagement and the promotion of effective policies to improve the child welfare system. For further information visit  Socially, Facebook:, Twitter: