National Child Abuse Awareness Day in New York City

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
NYC Leaders Join Sarah Jane at City Hall

New York, NY – New York City leaders will join Sarah Jane Donohue, namesake of The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF), along with other families, professionals, advocates, and political leaders to raise awareness of the leading cause of death and disability for infants in the United States, abusive head trauma, and other forms of child abuse. All five District Attorney’s offices of New York City will be represented. This will be part of the Million March Against Child Abuse national awareness campaign with events in over 200 cities across the country for National Child Abuse Awareness Day.

WHO: Sarah Jane Donohue, 7-year-old namesake of SJB and victim of child abuse

Honorable Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Joseph Muroff, Bureau Chief, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes, Bronx County DA’s office

Miss Gregory, Exec. ADA, Crimes Against Children, Kings County DA’s office

Robert Hettleman, Chief, Child Abuse Unit, New York County DA’s office

Leigh Bishop, Sr. ADA, Special Victims Bureau, Queens County DA’s office

Yolanda Rudich, Bureau Chief, Special Victims Bureau, Richmond County DA’s office

Rev. Erick Salgado, The Iglesia Jovenes Cristianos (Young Christian) Church

Dr. Ronald Savage, President, SJBF

Dr. Daniel Winchester, Advisory Board, SJBF

Dr. Shaheen Usmani, Advisory Board, SJBF

Craig Sears, Advisory Board, SJBF, survivor of traumatic brain injury

Patrick Donohue, JD, MBA, father of Sarah Jane and Founder of SJBF

Other families, professionals, advocates and political leaders

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2013 10:00-11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Steps of City Hall 260 Broadway New York, New York

WHAT: New York City National Child Abuse Awareness Day event

WHY: Facts about Child Abuse:

• Over 3 million cases of child abuse were referred in 2011 nationwide

• More than 75 percent (78.5%) suffered neglect

• More than 15 percent (17.6%) suffered physical abuse

• About 10 percent (9.1%) suffered sexual abuse

• Child abuse costs the U.S. economy over $100 billion each year

• Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome is the leading cause of death and disability for American infants

• Over 1,300 severe or fatal cases of AHT/SBS each year

About The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation: For more information, please read Patrick’s letter to Sarah Jane when she turned five: