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March 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alyssa Dandrea (802) 451-8491, firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s unconscionable to think that dozens of boys and girls experienced horrific sexual, physical, and emotional abuse at the hands of those whose sole duty was to protect and care for them,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, the Coalition’s Director of Public Affairs. “Children ordered to a secure institution by the juvenile legal system are among the most vulnerable in New Hampshire, and it’s horrifying to think that staff viewed them as easy targets for victimization.”
Children who experience prolonged stress in toxic environments are more likely to suffer from substance abuse disorders, chronic health problems, and poverty and in adulthood.
“As a state, we must ensure that our children have community-based support that encourages their success,” Grady Sexton continued. “Those who perpetrated violent acts on children in their care must be held accountable. These courageous survivors deserve justice and should not have to carry the burdens of silence and shame any longer.”
We encourage anyone who has been sexually or physically abused, no matter when the abuse occurred to seek confidential and compassionate support or information through one of the 13 member programs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Caring advocates are available 24/7 at the Coalition’s statewide helpline at 1-800-277-5570.
About the Coalition:
NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.