Originally released on April 9, 2018
For Immediate Release:
Fitness legend Shaun T headlines event to support child sexual abuse prevention
HARRISBURG—The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape will host the 12th annual Vision of Hope Gala & Auction to benefit child sexual abuse prevention April 21st at the Hershey Lodge.
The Vision of Hope Gala raises funds for critical research, effective prevention strategies and the promotion of adult responsibility and accountability to prevent child sexual abuse.
The event will be headlined by Shaun T, a world-renowned health and fitness expert and the creator of fitness programs including INSANITY and HIP HOP ABS. The health and fitness expert will share his story of healing as a child sexual abuse survivor during the event.
“We all have a role to play in keeping our loved ones safe and protected from abuse,” PCAR CEO Karen Baker said. “Child sexual abuse is a serious and widespread problem, but we know that prevention is possible. The gala helps to provide vital resources to fund projects that make a true difference in our communities.”
The evening also features a live and silent auction, an elegant dinner, and dancing led by Shaun T. Proceeds from the evening will benefit advances in areas of research, effective prevention strategies and adult accountability to prevent sexual abuse.
PCAR launched the Vision of Hope Fund in 2005 with the help of former Pennsylvania First Lady Michele Ridge to raise awareness and funds to prevent sexual abuse and help victims heal.
To purchase tickets or to make a donation to support child sexual abuse prevention, visit www.pcar.org.
PCAR works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. We partner with a network of 50 rape crisis centers to bring help, hope, and healing to people in all of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. Last year, rape crisis centers provided services to approximately 30,000 victims. Each year, rape crisis centers teach over 300,000 Pennsylvanians how to stop sexual violence in their communities. Over 50,000 professionals are trained by rape crisis centers to enhance the Commonwealth’s systemic responses to victims.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. The center also works with the media to promote informed reporting. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. NSVRC is also one of the three founding organizations of Raliance, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. The organization was chartered in 2000 by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.