06 Oct The Kosair Charities Face It® Movement Hosts Faces of Child Abuse Prevention Virtual Event
The Kosair Charities Face It® Movement Hosts Faces of Child Abuse Prevention Virtual Event
Community partners and leaders come together to hear from activist, Rachael Denhollander
LOUISVILLE, KY (October 6, 2020) – The Kosair Charities Face It ® Movement brought together community partners and leaders together for the Faces of Child Abuse Prevention event, featuring keynote speaker Rachael Denhollander. Initiated in 2013, the movement was founded by Kosair Charities in response to the number of child abuse deaths in Kentucky.
“Kosair Charities is committed to turning obstacles into opportunities. Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation in child abuse – a number one rating we should not be proud of,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “The Face It Movement urges each of us to be a face of child abuse prevention. Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility and we each can promote change to end child abuse in the commonwealth. Together we can build a supportive community and stronger families.”
Rachael Denhollander, who is an attorney, author, advocate, and educator, served as the keynote speaker for the event. Mrs. Denhollander was the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against Larry Nassar – one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, over 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment.
“The work that the Kosair Charities Face It Movement is truly precious to me, because I know firsthand the absolutely vital importance of receiving support and help as a sexual assault survivor,” said Mrs. Denhollander. “At each critical point – education and prevention, response and prosecution, counseling and healing, legislative reform and so much more, Face It brings experts and community partners together to address every part of prevention, and every aspect of healing. We each have a responsibility to join in that work to protect children from harm.”
The exclusive virtual event also included comments from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Louisville Metro Council President David James, and Elizabeth Woolsey, Kosair Charities Advisory Council Member and former WDRB Anchor.
“Too many of our children experience maltreatment, and we know that not all child abuse gets reported to authorities. But the good news is that intervention works, such as reducing stress for parents, building connections among neighbors, and empowering kids,” said Metro Council President David James. “As a former law enforcement officer, I know how important it is to treat victims of crime with compassion and care. As Metro Council President, I urge my local and statewide colleagues to not only commit to promoting good interventions—but also strong prevention efforts.”
Attendees included representatives from the over 100 statewide partners in the Movement, community advocates, state and local officials, and business leaders. All proceeds from event support the Child Abuse Prevention fund at Kosair Charities. Special thanks to Honorary Event Chairs – Mr. W. Frank and Mrs. Paula Harshaw (Harshaw Trane).
To learn more about the Face It Movement, how to recognize and report abuse, and prevention resources, visit www.faceitmovement.org.
About the Face It® Movement: The Face It® Movement launched in 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities® in response to the number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. Face It focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. Learn more at faceitmovement.org.
About Kosair Charities®: Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.