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Elysse Stolpe Esq.’s CHILD USA Story

Elysse Stolpe Esq.’s CHILD USA Story

This story was written by CHILD USA Board of Directors member Elysse Stolpe, Esq.  J.R.R. Tokien was writing about Hobbits, not children, when he declared that “even the smallest person can change the course of the future,” but his statement also applies to the brave children I encounter every day...

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The Ambassador and the Captain

The Ambassador and the Captain

Pictured above are Kathryn Robb, then-Lt. Gov. Hochul of New York, and Prof. Marci Hamilton For almost 20 years, I have been an active and sometimes loud voice in the SOL reform movement, starting back in 2002 when I first became involved in this movement in the Connecticut state legislature. I...

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Addressing the Stigmas of Sexual Abuse

Addressing the Stigmas of Sexual Abuse

This essay was written by Pralaya Cuomo. Pralaya was honored with CHILD USA’s Trailblazer Award in 2021. Pralaya read a version of this essay during her award acceptance speech at CHILD USA’s 5th Annual Awards Celebration. Pralaya graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with a B.A. in...

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Kai Zen Bickle: Voice of the Voiceless Award Recipient

Kai Zen Bickle: Voice of the Voiceless Award Recipient

Imagine the horror and heartbreak of realizing the father you love is using power, wealth, and position to sexually abuse women and young girls. And that he has been doing the unthinkable for decades with no apparent repercussions. How do you handle the emotional pressure of sorting out possible...

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Catherine Spoerl: Warrior Mom

Catherine Spoerl: Warrior Mom

It was at an Easter Sunday family brunch that Catherine Spoerl found her son James staring out the kitchen window with tears rolling down his face. The year was 2002, and the news regarding the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal had just broken. Cass, as she is called, remembers...

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