Press Release - June 7, 2011

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

Children’s Advocates Go to Bat with Wilmington Blue Rocks

WILMINGTON – Several State and community-based organizations are teaming up to play hardball in their efforts to stop child abuse in Delaware. Partner agencies of the Stop Child Abuse campaign will host a community awareness event at Frawley Stadium tonight, Tuesday, June 7, as the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Kinston Indians.

The event allows 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 efforts in ending future incidences of child abuse in Delaware.

“Child abuse is far too common,” said Governor Jack Markell. “No child should ever be subject to violence, terror, fear or pain.  We all have a responsibility to protect our children.”

The event is part of on-going efforts related to the Stop Child Abuse campaign, which includes representation from 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 and Child Death, Near Death & Stillbirth Commission. It was sponsored by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council and the FFY10 Victims of Crime Act grant.

“Reporting suspected child abuse or neglect isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law,” said Delaware’s Attorney General, Beau Biden. “Every day we have the chance to speak up and look out for a child in need.”

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.

“Our children are our future – our responsibility,” said Vivian Rapposelli, cabinet secretary of the Delaware Children’s Department. “We hope our efforts to raise awareness will make an impact on our communities and encourage people to be more proactive in helping to keep our children safe.”

The Delaware Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, dependent, or have behavioral health or substance abuse problems, and/or have be adjudicated delinquent by the Courts.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the 24-hour Report Line: 1-800-292-9582. For more information, please visit www.ISeeTheSigns.org or www.kids.delaware.gov


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Children’s Advocates Go to Bat with Wilmington Blue Rocks

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

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Gates open at 6 p.m.; Game begins at 7:05 p.m.

WHERE

Frawley Stadium
801 South Madison Street
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.