(NASHVILLE, TN) – State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) recently teamed up with the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Trudy Hughes and Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center’s Donna Koester to kickoff the “One with Courage” campaign. Approximately 200 child advocates from across the state attended the launch event.
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.
“Because of the One with Courage, many people from all difference walks of life will be working together speak up and speak out about the scourge of child sexual abuse. This is something about which we can no longer be silent. We must push fear aside and address this issue openly if we hope to ever eradicate it,” said Senator Overbey, 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 Safe Harbor and New Hope, work tirelessly to help children to heal and recover,” added Overbey. “The child protective teams provide safety, protection, and critical services, all vital to getting these children the help they need to live healthy lives. I am very pleased to partner with all child advocacy centers and child protective teams across this great state to launch this campaign.”