Press Release - April 11, 2011

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

** MEDIA ADVISORY **

Children’s Advocates Go to Bat with Wilmington Blue Rocks

Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins Comes to Wilmington to Inspire Youth. The former Two-Division World Champion will speak with youth on probation and other at-risk youth about overcoming hardships and turning negatives in life into positives.

WHO

The Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware Children’s Department, Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware, Children & Families First, Office of the Child Advocate, Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, Child Death, Near Death & Stillbirth Commission; Attorney General Beau Biden, Secretary Vivian Rapposelli and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

WHAT

Partner agencies of the Stop Child Abuse campaign in Delaware are hosting a community awareness night with the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The event will allow families and neighbors in Delaware to learn more about recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect, who to call for help and how they can join us in ending future incidences of child abuse in Delaware. In addition to receiving valuable information, the first 1,000 fans who come to the gate will receive a free t-shirt.

WHY

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Last year in Delaware, over 11,000 reports of child abuse, neglect, and dependency were received by the Division of Family Services. Sadly, research shows that as much as 75% of incidents of child abuse go unreported.

Child abuse is far too common in Delaware and across the U.S., but we can all play a role in eliminating these crimes through increased awareness and recognition. This event, sponsored by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council and the FFY10 Victims of Crime Act grant program, provides community and state agencies with an opportunity to educate the public on recognizing the signs of abuse, who to call to report suspected abuse or neglect and how to help put an end to abuse.

WHEN

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Gates open at 5 p.m.; Game begins at 6:05 p.m.

WHERE

Frawley Stadium
Wilmington, DE 19801

Directions:
From the South:
I-95 North to Exit 6, Maryland Avenue. Right onto Maryland Avenue, then another right on Read Street. Right onto South Madison Street.
From the North:
I-95 South to Exit 6. Go through three lights, make a left at the fourth light onto Martin Luther King Boulevard. Go through two lights. Make a right at the third light onto South Madison Street.