Child Sex Abuse Prevention Rally at the Capitol

Child Sex Abuse Prevention Rally at the Capitol

A non-profit organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse of children is holding a walk and rally at the State Capitol Saturday, April 20th.
LITTLE ROCK- A non-profit organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse of children is holding a walk and rally at the State Capitol Saturday, April 20th.

The group Break the Silence-Speak Out America offers hope, help, and healing to survivors of sexual abuse. Miss Southeast Arkansas 2013 Britteny Humphrey has chosen child sexual abuse as her platform because of her own personal tragedy. When she was 8 years old she was sexually abused by her 3rd grade teacher. "I am in college getting my degree, I'm competing for Miss Arkansas and hopefully I'll become Miss Arkansas and go on to Miss America someday. I want to let kids know they can do that too. They can achieve their dreams and do anything they set their mind to."

Founder of Break the Silence Phyllis Harrington says the goal of the organization is to provide education and training, and help people find their voice. "We want to let children know it's ok to tell when someone is hurting them."

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by age 18. Alexis Williams is a volunteer with Break the Silence and says 95% of those cases are preventable. "The more we talk to our children the more comfortable they'll be approaching us about this subject if something were to happen."

Humphrey says support from her family, friends, and councilors helped her heal. "You can speak up. You don't have to be afraid. It's not your fault."

Harrington encourages parents to keep the lines of communication open with children. "Parents really need to watch who they allow their children to be around."

Williams says parents need to be advocates for their kids. "We are the protectors. We should not be victimizing children."   

The Break the Silence-Speak Out America event is happening Saturday, April 20th on the steps of the Capitol. Registration starts at 7am and the walk is at 8am. The 2nd Saturday of every month Break the Silence hosts classes on child sex abuse prevention. The organization is completely volunteer and is always looking for donations, sponsors, and more people to join.
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