(NASHVILLE, TN) – State Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) teamed up with the Kids First Child Advocacy Center’s Christine Evans-Longmire, Cheryl Ottaviano, Gene Fischer and Karen Keirstead to kickoff the “One with Courage” campaign.
One with Courage is a national initiative which focuses on the courage it takes to talk about child sexual abuse and the unique role children’s advocacy centers play in providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims. The campaign was launched in Nashville on Thursday as members from the Tennessee Children’s Advocacy Centers statewide held a news conference on Capitol Hill regarding their efforts to raise awareness for the initiative.
“One with Courage is pushing discomfort and fear aside to talk openly about this issue,” said Senator McNally, who spoke to the gathering in the Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chambers. “Child sexual abuse is a crime of secrecy which, tragically, breeds within our communities because it’s difficult to talk about. That’s why conversation openly discussing this issue is the most effective tool we have to eradicate child abuse.”
“Our child advocacy centers, like Kid’s First, work tirelessly to help children with a large variety of needs, including those who have sexually abused,” added McNally. “They play a critical role in getting these children the help the need to live healthy lives. I am very pleased to partner with them in launching this campaign.”
Evans-Longmire is Executive Director of the First Child Advocacy Center, Ottaviano is President of the Board of Directors, Fischer is Treasurer of the Board of Directors, and Keirstead is a member of the Board of Directors.