A Child's Risk of Experiencing Sexual Abuse or Neglect has Doubled Since l986

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Healium Inc publishes childrenÂ?s book, Â?I Am Hip-HopÂ? to raise monies to launch media campaign, DonÂ?t Keep the Secret.

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According to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, there have been substantial and significant increases in the incidence of child sexual abuse since the last national incidence study was conducted in l986. A child’s risk of experiencing harm-causing sexual abuse or neglect has doubled since l986. Girls were sexually abused three times more often than boys and boys have a greater risk of emotional neglect and of serious injury than girls. Healium Inc. is preparing to launch a media campaign against child sexual abuse.

Peabody award winner and co-founder of Def Poetry, Deborah Battle Pointer and actor, playwright and former Essence magazine men’s wear editor, Ronald Grant, have published their first children’s picture book, “I Am Hip-Hop,” published by their nonprofit organization Healium Inc.

Healium Inc. was founded in 2005 by Deborah Pointer and Ronald Grant to provide a comprehensive program of advocacy, prevention and education about child abuse and molestation. A portion of “I Am Hip-Hop” book sale monies will be used to launch a media campaign about child abuse, “Don’t Keep the Secret.”

The book was written by poet and writer, Nicole Duncan Smith, with extraordinary black & white and color photographs by Stella Magloire. “I Am Hip-Hop" celebrates the diversity and creativity of the hip-hop movement. Copies of the book are available for sale on the Healium Inc website http://www.Healiuminc.com and at book signings.

In late October, 2006, Healium Inc. will present a producer’s reading of Ronald Grant’s one man show, “Carey Grant’s Younger Brother.” The play, directed by Grammy award winner and Tony nominee, reg e. gaines of “Bring In the Noise, Bring in the Funk” and produced by Deborah Battle Pointer and Ronald Grant. Monologs from have been presented at meetings organized by Ama Dwimoh, Chief, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Crimes Against Children Bureau, Office of the District Attorney, Kings County, C.P.R., Community and Prosecutors Responding to Child Abuse.

For additional information about the children's book, "I Am Hip-Hop," upcoming media campaign or "Carey Grant's Younger Brother," contact: Deborah Pointer, Healium Inc. Voice and fax: (718) 941-1089.

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