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Ms. Foundation for Women Makes Largest Investment in Child Sexual Abuse in Organization’s History,
Advocating a Preventative Approach

$745,000 Released to 18 National and State Organizations

NEW YORK--May. 22, 2013--The Ms. Foundation for Women today announced its largest investment ever in the prevention of child sexual abuse, with the release of $745,000 in grants to 18 organizations leveraging a diverse range of strategies.

The Ms. Foundation is the leading national foundation working to end child sexual abuse. Funding for sexual violence has primarily been directed toward resources for adult women and sex trafficking, rather than toward child sexual abuse. And the limited resources devoted to child sexual abuse most often focus on prosecution and other criminal justice responses.

“The Ms. Foundation for Women has risen to the challenge of ending the silent epidemic of child sexual abuse,” said Ms. Foundation Senior Program Officer for Safety, Monique Hoeflinger. “While much of the field is devoted to addressing child sexual abuse after it has occurred, the Ms. Foundation’s pioneering grantees are at the center of a movement that emphasizes prevention.”

Ranging in size from $14,000 to $100,000, the grants support work at the national level and in 11 different states. Among the organizations receiving Ms. Foundation support are:"

  • Samaritan Counseling Center, of Lancaster, Penn., to grow its Safe Church Project in Pennsylvania, which is designed to help congregations create and implement prevention policies, and to expand the project to three additional states;
  • Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, of Lafayette, Ind., to develop culturally specific strategies to prevent child sexual abuse in migrant farm worker communities;
  • Massachusetts Citizens for Children, of Boston, to host a statewide summit on preventing sexual abuse in schools and youth-serving organizations;
  • Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service (OAASIS), of Portland, Ore., to promote the role of survivors in shifting the state’s understanding of and response to child sexual abuse; and
  • Vera Institute of Justice, of New York, to create the first national working group of experts to develop strategies to prevent the sexual abuse of children with disabilities.

For the full list of grantees, please visit the Ms. Foundation for Women’s website.

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Christie Petrone

Christie Petrone:
Senior Manager, Public Relations
(212) 709 4422
cpetrone@ms.foundation.org