National Child Abuse Awareness Day Million March Against Child Abuse national campaign in New York City

A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the National Child Abuse Awareness Day on Monday’s Press Conference on the Steps of City Hall 260 Broadway in New York, New York. It was once again a step closer to helping our children and young adults get the care they need. Showing your support helps us survivors know that the long term fight is worth it. A special Thanks to the people who are involved and are signed onto our team;

“With more than 3 million cases of child abuse reported in 2011, this is a public health crisis,” stated Patrick Donohue, father of Sarah Jane Donohue and founder of SJBF. “It is critical we work together to prevent, identify, treat and eventually cure the victims of abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome and other forms of child abuse. We are very grateful to the police, district attorneys, politicians, doctors and other allied health professionals who devote their lives to protect our most vulnerable citizens, our children.”

"I am proud to stand by The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and its important mission to raise awareness about child abuse and infant head trauma,” stated Representative Charles Rangel of New York’s 13th Congressional District. “We must work together to prevent future cases of child abuse, and to make sure that we invest the time and resources necessary to fully rehabilitate children who have already suffered from childhood trauma."

“Each year, millions of children become victims of abuse. As the leaders of tomorrow, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children to live, play, and learn. The future of our civil society depends on our ability to take a stand against child abuse today and every day,” stated Representative Yvette D. Clarke of New York’s 9th Congressional District.

"Fighting child abuse-- including infant head trauma and shaken baby syndrome-- is a cause all Americans can support, and I am proud to stand with them," said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York’s 12th Congressional District. "It's vital that we raise the profile of this crucial public health issue, and National Child Abuse Awareness Day does just that."

"As the father of six beautiful children myself, I believe that it is very important that we stand together in solidarity with all the young people who have suffered from child abuse,” said Rev. Erick Salgado. “I will continue to fight for tougher child abuse laws in New York State and promote programs that will help prevent child abuse. Any parents who believe they need help in taking care of their children should immediately seek help from either a government or non-profit agency. Child abuse must never be an option."

“Tragedies like Nixmary Brown and Marchella Pierce have awakened this city to the need for real change and the way we protect vulnerable children. It’s our job as adults to shelter our children from all preventable harm like child abuse,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. “We need to treat every incident of abuse or neglect as preventable. We need to apply every tool of government and every community resource to the goal of preventing harm to our kids. I applaud Sarah Jane Brain Foundation for its powerful advocacy.”

“Child abuse is a tragedy, and groups like The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation provide invaluable insight for policymakers in helping prevent all forms of abuse and neglect. And as victims recover, their families need seamless treatment as well as support from their schools and communities. They can’t go it alone, and they shouldn’t have to,” said New York City Comptroller John C. Liu.

“Child abuse is not an American problem, it is a global public health crisis,” said Dr. Maliheh Mohamadpour, Director of International Projects at SJBF. “Recent studies in Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Philippines and the U.S. showed physical punishment was used in at least 55% of families and harsh physical discipline ranged from a low of 1% in the U.S. to 2.3% in Brazil, 4.5% in Chile, 9.9% in Philippines, 28% in Egypt and in some areas of India up to 39%. These staggering numbers highlight the need to develop a Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) all over the world and the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation is working to achieve this goal.”

Many leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall in New York City on Monday morning, April 22, 2013, as part of the national awareness campaign. Those who joined Sarah Jane and her father included representatives from all 5 District Attorneys offices of New York City and the New York City Police Department: 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 and Michael Keenan, Commanding Officer, Manhattan Child Abuse Squad, New York City Police Department.

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

Craig Sears
National Advisory Board Family
The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
651 West 169th Street, Suite 42,
New York, New York 10032