22 Apr The Kosair Charities Face It Movement Welcomes Rachael Denhollander, Honors Partners at Community Luncheon
On April 15th, the Kosair Charities Face It® Movement brought together community partners and leaders committed to ending child abuse for its annual Community Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Rachel Denhollander. The luncheon serves as the culminating event for Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts and celebrates recent successes in helping to keep kids safe in the Commonwealth.
Rachael Denhollander, who is a lawyer and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, courageously shared her story at the luncheon. Mrs. Denhollander was the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar – one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, hundreds of women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. Her advocacy promotes policy change to help keep kids safer and the training of adults in abuse prevention and recognition.
“We must face the problem of child abuse and face the depth of its impact on our communities,” said Ms. Denhollander. “Initiatives like the Kosair Charities Face It Movement bring together organizations and leaders who have the privilege and responsibility to protect children from harm. And we must also emphasize the key role policy change has in keeping kids safe.”
Face It also presented the third annual “Fearless Advocate Committed to the End” (FACE) of the Face It Movement to End Child Abuse awards. Award recipients reflect the three-pronged approach of the Movement:
Policies to Improve the Child Welfare System
– Representative David Meade, Speaker Pro Tempore and Co-Chair of the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee, for his leadership on House Bill 158 to begin aligning state child welfare laws with federal laws to help strengthen families and keep kids safe.
– Senator Max Wise, Chair of the Senate Education Committee and Co-Chair of the School Safety Working Group, for his leadership on Senate Bill 1 to increase school safety and access to behavioral health services in schools.
– Representative John “Bam” Carney, Majority Floor Leader and Co-Chair of the School Safety Working Group, for his leadership on Senate Bill 1 to increase school safety and access to behavioral health services in schools.
Best Practices in Child Abuse Prevention
– The BOUNCE Coalition for their commitment to building resilient children, families, and communities.
– Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) for their efforts to equip child care providers with the tools and resources needed to help keep kids safe.
Awareness and Community Engagement
– Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO) for their ongoing efforts in schools and youth-serving organizations to train children on body safety and safe boundaries.
– Peace Education Program for their tireless commitment to equipping children and teens with conflict resolution skills and their efforts with the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council.
– Judy Freundlich Tiell, retired Executive Director of Jewish Family & Career Services, for her decades of community leadership and commitment to improving the lives of children and families.
Additionally, the Face It Movement announced its newest partnership with Delta Dental of Kentucky. Through the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation, created in 2004 to support projects and nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, Delta Dental has quickly become a state leader in charitable giving and philanthropic support. With a focus on partnerships that provide care to Kentucky’s most at-risk, Delta Dental is an organization committed to improving quality of life across the Commonwealth. This unique partnership seeks to build awareness, educate, and equip Kentucky’s dental health professionals with the knowledge and resources necessary to recognize and report signs of child abuse and neglect. Learn more here.
The Face It Community Luncheon was held at the Kentucky Science Center with Renee Murphy of Jefferson County Public Schools as the event emcee. Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities, and Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, also spoke. Attendees included representatives from the over 70 partners in the Movement, First Lady Glenna Bevin, state and local officials, and state legislators, and other community advocates.