Go Blue 4 Kids Breakfast
The Go Blue 4 Kids Breakfast brings community members together to talk about the uncomfortable but real subject of child abuse. McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center invites guest speakers to empower and educate our audience about child abuse during April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Speakers share personal stories about overcoming the trauma of child abuse and their transition from victim to survivor. Through the power of education, we can end child abuse not only in our community, but around the nation and world. Check back soon for 2019 event details.
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2018's Guest Speaker: Jenna Quinn
Jenna Quinn is a triumphant survivor of sexual abuse. She is also an author, speaker and the survivor that inspired “Jenna's Law,” the first child sexual abuse prevention law in the United States named after a survivor. The Texas statute passed in 2009 requires school districts K-12 to educate students, parents and faculty about child abuse.
Jenna’s Law addresses sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment. It has since been expanded to incorporate child and foster care centers, universities and child-placing agencies. In 2017, Jenna’s Law was amended to also include sex trafficking prevention in schools. Over half the country has adopted some form of legislation for their schools.
Jenna shared her 12 years of experience fighting for legislation, working with law enforcement, abuse prevention groups and speaking out as a victor, not a victim.
Marilyn Van Derbur