Texas College Football Coaches Join “One with Courage” Child Abuse Prevention Effort

Mack Brown, Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine partner with Texas Attorney General and Texas Children's Advocacy Centers in new PSA

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Coaches Mack Brown, Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine in child abuse prevention PSA

Coaches Brown, Sumlin and Levine graciously donated their time to highlight the courage that it takes to talk about child sexual abuse.

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 11, 2012

In an effort to educate Texans on how to recognize and report child abuse, Children’s Advocacy Centers™ of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) is enlisting the help of some of state’s highest profile college football head coaches. University of Texas Coach Mack Brown, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine of the University of Houston appear together in a new public service announcement that will debut this week across the state.

Several different lengths and formats of the PSA can be viewed and downloaded in both audio and video at:
OneWithCourage.org

In the PSA, the football coaches urge Texans to “be the one with courage to recognize and report child abuse,” as well as detail the warning signs of suspected abuse.

“Coaches Brown, Sumlin and Levine graciously donated their time to highlight the courage that it takes to talk about child sexual abuse,” says Joy Rauls, Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Centers™ of Texas, Inc. “Texans love college football and we believe these coaches are effective messengers to educate people on how to recognize and report child abuse.”

The PSA is part of an effort supported by the Office of Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office to develop prevention strategies and educational materials for K-12 faculty and staff. Education professionals file the largest percentage of child abuse and neglect reports in Texas each year. Any informed citizen can make a difference to keep our children safe.

“Anyone who believes that a child has been harmed by abuse and neglect has a legal responsibility to report the case immediately.” says Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. “This PSA is another important step in our ambitious efforts to educate Texans on the signs and symptoms of child abuse so we can prevent these crimes and punish those who hurt our most vulnerable Texans.”

Recent high profile child sexual abuse scandals have provided a new backdrop for discussion of the continued need for and effectiveness of mandated reporting in response to child abuse.

“For every abuse case that’s in the news, there are many more in communities all over Texas,” says Joy Rauls. “That’s why this PSA and initiative are so critical to encourage all Texans to keep our children safe.”

In the PSA, Coaches Brown, Sumlin and Levine talk about some of the warning signs of suspected abuse such as:

  •     A child who undergoes changes in behavior, appetite, or routine
  •     Unexplained injuries
  •     A change in academic performance
  •     Loss of interest by a child in regular activities

The PSA concludes with the coaches telling people to call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 if they believe a child is in an abusive situation.

The Texas college coaches PSA will be released statewide to all media markets to highlight actions for keeping children safe from child abuse and neglect.

About Children’s Advocacy Center of Texas
Children’s Advocacy Centers™ of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) is the statewide membership association representing all local children’s advocacy centers in the Lone Star state. The CACTX membership roster includes 66 developing and established centers in large urban cities as well as in small rural communities. The mission of CACTX is to restore the lives of abused children by supporting Children's Advocacy Centers in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse. For more information visit http://www.cactx.org

About One with Courage
The One with Courage campaign is a national initiative that focuses on the courage it takes to talk about child abuse and the important role that Children’s Advocacy Centers play, not only in providing services to child victims of abuse, but also aiding in investigations and prosecution of the perpetrators. For more information visit http://www.onewithcourage.org