DEVOTED TO HELPING CHILDREN
Corey Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award winning McDonald’s commercial and hasn’t stopped working since. Today, Corey Feldman is a known whistleblower for child sex abuse in Hollywood. A constant in the industry, Corey has appeared in over 100 films, completed eighty shows in his band’s mostly sold out US tour, and he recently had his first Top 40 Billboard hit single.
In addition to his impressive background in entertainment, Corey is also a NY Times best-selling author for his 2013 autobiography Coreyography. Currently, he is working to turn the bestseller into a Major Motion picture, which will detail and expose the trials and tribulations of growing up as a child in an industry riddled with pedophilia. Corey also owns and operates Corey’s Angels, a nonprofit organization for children and abuse protection through which he has been able to help many newcomers achieve success without having to fall prey to the pitfalls of today’s Hollywood. Corey also launched a Truth Campaign to expose pedophilia in Hollywood. He is committed to bring awareness to the campaign for statute of limitation reform for victims of child sexual abuse.
For years, Lyndsy Gamet has advocated for giving a voice to the voiceless. Helping older adults in Michigan to access food and medical assistance has been, and continues to be, a rewarding career. After years of abuse at the hands of her doctor and mentor, Larry Nassar, Lyndsy came to terms with her abuse and found her voice. She was able to be part of the hundreds of survivors to help put Nassar in prison and protect children from their abusers.
Lindsy’s related work includes nonprofit organization advocacy and legislative efforts to hold individuals and institutions accountable for turning a blind eye (and covering up) sexual abuse. It is Lyndsy’s mission to help victims of sexual abuse and to find and amplify their voice. Voices who have been silenced for decades can and should be heard. She believes that the path to change includes accountability and justice; which, can be achieved through sharing our stories.
During almost thirty years, Vinka has worked intensely helping victims, families, and adult survivors of child sexual abuse, while supporting schools and diverse communities in child abuse prevention and trauma recovery. A passionate and respected advocate for children’s rights and social justice, she has been a fundamental leader to promote SOL reform –and the end of SOL- on sexual crimes against children. The recent enactment of this law in Chile (her native country), after a decade of efforts, inspired the strongest support of citizens, all political parties, the government, and survivors. The African proverb, “It takes a village” resounds as mantra for her.
Her work has been pathbreaking. She has formulated an approach to CSA framed by the ethics of care and by her experience as a psychologist, educator, and a survivor herself. After finding her voice and coming to terms with her story of incest and child sexual exploitation, she shared her path of recovery in “Agua Fresca en los espejos”, first book in its gender published in Chile (since 2007). “Mi cuerpo es un regalo” followed (since 2013, more than 16 editions) and has accompanied generations of toddlers and preschoolers in the joy of learning about their bodies, their preferences and limits –an early foundation for the future development of consent-, and the right to care and self-care.
Approaching childhood sexual abuse as a “grand and collective failure to care,” Vinka has made her mission to promote care ethics as an indispensable society’s response in child protection, justice, education and prevention of violence, while helping SOL reform as a symbol of the “human right to time” for victims and survivors everywhere.
MARALEE MCLEAN is a child advocate, domestic violence expert, national professional speaker, and author of PROSECUTED BUT NOT SILENCED: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. Maralee has written several articles for the ABA Child Law Journal, Women’s E-News, Ms. Magazine and many other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children. Maralee is with Women’s Media Center (WMC), SheSourceExpert, NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) and is with APB Speakers and RAINN speaker bureau, Child USA Ambassador, and the APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children). She speaks at conferences, law schools and is a spokesperson for protective mothers. Her passion for advocacy developed through living a mother’s worst nightmare. Fighting the system with body and soul, she gained the insight that this was not her nightmare alone. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Colorado State Capitol and has been involved in legislative work that spans over two decades. She testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children’s rights in our courts. Maralee’s story has been covered by many media outlets and internationally on CNN.
Stephen is an author and public interest advocate. His memoir—Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood—is the story of a revered social worker who preyed on countless boys in five different summer camps over three decades. It recounts the brutal aftershocks of that sexual abuse in Stephen’s own life, as well as his decades-long quest to stop a serial predator and find justice. Publisher’s Weekly called Chosen “a searing testament to human resilience,” and Lacy Crawford (author of Notes on a Silencing), said: “There’s a very good chance that this constantly surprising, urgent book will save lives.”
Stephen is also the coauthor of Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. For four decades, he has advised and written for an array of nonprofit organizations in the fields of human rights, civil liberties, and the environment. He finds it shocking that, a half-century after he was assaulted, sexual violence against children is still so pervasive and justice remains out of reach for so many. He is dedicating himself to helping change that and is honored to join with CHILD USA in advocating on behalf of children and adults seeking justice.
National Ambassador for Child and Family Protection
Emmy Award winner, New York Times Best Selling author, actress, and producer: Leah Remini was a member of the Church of Scientology for 35 years. In 2013, Leah left the Church of Scientology and began exposing Scientology’s abuses towards its members and more importantly, their children. In this work Remini created and produced the show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath which gave a voice to victims who were speaking out against their abusers. The documentary series has been recognized with, an Emmy Award, a Television Critics Association Award, two Gracie Awards, the Napte Award, the firstever Impact Award, and a Producers Guild Award.
“We are excited to be able to help expand the important message of CHILD USA. It is our passion to help protect children from predators and abuses and assist in reconnecting families torn apart by cults and extremist ideologies. Unfortunately, too much abuse remains hidden. Prof. Hamilton and her team are doing something about it and it an honor for us to be able to lend a hand to help shine the light and end the abuses.”