This Blog rarely endorse other groups unless I personally see the value of What they do. I Have come out and exposed my own molestation and Wishes A group Like this existed back When I was a small child This group works tirelessly for the rights and protection of children yet to date has recieved $20 in public Donations .If I told you a group could come to your childs school and so educate them, and train the staff in protection and identification of abusers What price would you put on your childs innocence, their safety please contact them and donate . I personally know every worker is volunteer not one cent goes to wages it all goes to saving the children THAT INCLUDES YOURS. These truly are the good guys Thank you Mia G Vayner
Children Without A Voice USA ∙ P.O. Box 4351 ∙ Alpharetta, GA 30005
PH – (404) 474-4020 ∙ Lseahorn@att.net
Children Without a Voice USA (CWAVusa) is an exciting, dynamic, grass roots 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness on crimes against children, child abuse and neglect in the United States. CWAV is a national organization founded solely by Lin Seahorn in December of 2007 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. CWAV modeled its by-laws after Unicef whereby 85% of all revenue goes directly towards the printing of our educational materials used in our programs. CWAV has experienced rapid growth from the ground up and is now seeking qualified advisors, members-at large, board and committee members and corporate sponsors.
CWAV MISSION STATEMENT-
Children Without a Voice USA is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing crimes against children, child abuse and neglect through advocacy and education.
Children Without a Voice USA seeks to educate adults in understanding the misconceptions and myths surrounding the terms “child abuse and neglect” and in reporting abuse, teach effective parenting skills, raise public awareness of the pervasiveness and cruelty of crimes against children, abuse and neglect, and develop a vision to keep future generations of children from knowing the emotional and physical pain of abuse.
The statistics on crimes against children and child abuse are staggering, sobering and should compel each of us to want to get involved. In the United States, a child is abused every ten seconds and, unlike cancer and many other diseases, abuse is a willful act and 100% preventable through education and law enforcement.
° A June, 2011 Congressional Hearing in Washington, D.C. revealed that as many as 5-10 children die each day in America from child abuse or neglect.
° There are 3 million cases reported each year but experts say the number is actually three times higher, nearer to 9 million, as most go unreported. This is at epidemic proportions.
° An alarming one out of four girls will be molested by a trusted family member or friend before she is 18.
° One out of 6 boys will be molested by a trusted family member or friend…
° There are nearly half –a-million homeless children on the streets of America, many are victims of neglect or abuse.
° Shaken Baby Syndrome is a horrific and painful injury to a child, is growing rapidly with a reported 35% increase in some states since the Fall of 2008, and only one of four children survive.
Almost all domestic issues America faces today can be related back to the physical and psychological experiences people had as children. For example, 34% of all women in prison were abused as children and further statistics say children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult and 30% more likely to commit violent crimes.
According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, addressing the effects of abuse and neglect costs our nation an estimated $104 billion a year.
CWAV addresses the issues of crimes against children through education, prevention initiatives and public awareness campaigns. Our aim is to educate the general public on the following:
1. Long term effects of child abuse.
2. Misconceptions of the term “child abuse”, statistics and inconsistencies within the National Data Reporting System (NCANDS), and the judicial system with respect to sentencing.
3. Parenting and life skills.
We provide the following services and programs:
1. Parenting classes at after school programs, hospitals, shelters and other organizations that may need them.
2. Childcare/first grade classes on inappropriate touching.
3. High school parenting classes on Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) prevention.
4. Anti-Bullying programs to elementary and middle schools, K-8th grade.
5. Provide free educational materials to shelters, law enforcement agencies and other organizations.
6. An Action Alert system for specific child abuse cases that encourages the general public to become advocates by contacting their state and local law enforcement agencies and lawmakers in asking for tougher sentencing.
8. Our “Ambassador 4 Kids” club (A4K), A4K is a membership club that encourages youth to be voices for one another, in reporting injustices and supporting all children through mutual respect, equal opportunity and diversity of ideas.
9. Support to adopted caretakers whose children have survived severe abuse and are faced with insurmountable medical costs.
CWAV has launched efforts throughout Georgia and the United States through its network of volunteers and also has international support.
Our founder, Lin Seahorn, has over 25 years experience as a child advocate and is a survivor herself. You can read more about her, our current board members and CWAV’s highly esteemed advisors below the open board positions on the next page.
Executive Board Members
Founder & Executive Director-
Lin was the product of a broken and abusive home and, as a result, was entered into the foster system numerous times, having lived in the private and large group home setting. She has over 25 years experience in sales, management and marketing in the Telecom Industry both as a business owner and corporate executive trainer for a Fortune 100 company. She is a visionary and helped pioneer the retail cellular market in its infancy.
Today, she devotes all her energies to increasing awareness of crimes against children in the United States and in other countries. She has been an active child advocate for over 25 years. Most of her work has been in advocating for tougher sentencing laws for child killers, abusers and molesters. In addition, Lin was instrumental in helping to raise $250,000 for a group of orphaned children in Uganda in early 2008. She currently resides with her husband in Alpharetta, GA. You can read her personal story and why she founded CWAV at: http://www.virtualonlinepubs.com/publication/?i=65121 (Use top yellow scroll arrows and refer to Page 14)
William A Mattson
William (Bill) earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He went to work for Chicago-based USG Corporation in 1990 and has been with them ever since. He has completed several executive level management courses at Chicago’s Kellogg Bill’s parents devoted their entire lives to children’s issues. Bill’s father, Arthur Mattson, was founding member and instrumental in the development of a camp for kids in Mahtowa, MN. Bill’s mother, Avis, was a long-time member of the board of directors of Northwood Children’s home in Duluth. Northwood is a non-profit agency that provides professional care, housing, education and treatment for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. Billhopes to carry on his parents’ legacy of caring for children through his involvement with CWAVusa.
BA, University of Illinois
MBA, DePaul University
Pricewaterhousecoopers, Atlanta, GA.
Carrie is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Senior Manager in the Private Company Services practice of PWC. She has over 13 years experience auditing private and public companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail and distribution, as well as many services’ companies. Carrie has been active in the community in all of the cities in which she has lived and previously served as executive Vice President for Special Kids & Families in Memphis, Tn. She is passionate about children and in trying to make it a safer place for them.
Board of Directors
Director of National Awareness
Director of Client Services
Grant Garris has over 20 years of experience as a Corporate Executive and has worked with The Walt Disney World Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Ceridian, Cox Enterprises and several industrial and organization psychology firms. He has a BA in Psychology and is a published author. His first book Under The Red Velvet Cover tells the story of the abuse he endured as a child and the steps he went through to cope as an adult. He is a public advocate for the prevention of Childhood abuse and equality, and uses his talents by speaking, writing, and serving as a mentor. His speaking topics include diversity, adoption, recognizing behavior of abuse, surviving abuse, and parenting special needs children. His expertise in parenting special needs children comes from his youngest son who has both Aspergers and ADHD. His articles about parenting and surviving abuse have been published in national magazines. He has been featured on MSNBC, in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and is sought out by media as a subject matter expert. He currently resides in Roswell, GA with his partner and two adopted sons, Ric age 15 and Devin age 12. Grant is currently on a national speaking tour to raise awareness.
Director of Corporate Relations
BS, Public Health
Eastern Kentucky University
Senior Human Resources Professional
Tom has served on numerous youth-oriented committees, councils, and boards since the mid-eighties. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from the Eastern Kentucky University. Tom served as the human resources manager for ArvinMeritor, human resources manager for Diamet Corporation (Mitsubishi Materials Corp) and as director of human resources for the US group of PMG (Plansee Holding A.G.). These roles provided insight to the “corporate giving” process within foundations, corporations, and other organizations nationwide. He has served as president and vice president of the board of directors of the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAP) of Bartholomew County, Indiana beginning in 2004, and continues to serve on the CAP Councils Advisory Board. Tom solicited corporate donations, making contact with local and national businesses, for the implementation of the children’s program, “Kids on the Block”. Tom championed and coordinated a three-year joint project with the local Safety Council to provide child abuse prevention and awareness information to nearly 20,000 area employees per year. He further participated and partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana with their statewide events. Tom is an active board member who often assists with the distribution of materials and attending and participating in community events and ticket sales.
Director of Education
Jill S McCord
BS in Education
MS in Communication Disorders
Jill has worked as a speech/language pathologist for over 13 years in a variety of settings including: school systems, a clinic setting, head start and a hospital-based preschool for students with developmental delays. She has also worked as a classroom teacher for 4 years teaching 4th and 1st grade. Jill is passionate about creating environments where children feel safe and happy. Working as a speech pathologist in the Fulton County School System, Jill has many opportunities to interact with families and especially with families of children with disabilities. She has been married to James for 28 years and they have 2 children. Josh is 23, married to Laurie and in his 2nd year of the JDMBA program at the University of Tennessee. Jamie is 20 and is a junior majoring in dance at Kennesaw State University. James and Jill reside in Sandy Springs, GA where they enjoy walking and kayaking.
Director of Marketing & Communications
BS, Marketing, Public Relations
University of Wisconsin
Sam Sova earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, majoring in Marketing and Public Relations. He currently holds a position at AT&T as Online Community Manager, AT&T Business Solutions. At AT&T he is tasked with social media strategy development and delivery and manages the organization’s business-to-business blog. Prior to working at AT&T Sam was a manager at Fiserv, focusing on digital and social media strategy within Fiserv’s global marketing organization.
Sam has held various non-profit and volunteer positions including the Boys and Girls Club of LaCrosse and head coach for a local high school’s youth football program. He is an avid Milwaukee sports fan.
Director of Board Development
BA in Business Administration
MBA, St. Joseph’s University
William (Bill) O’Connell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Albright College, in Reading, PA and attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Finance. He has been employed by Engle Martin and Associates in Atlanta, GA for 12 years and is a National Casualty Manager. In his position he is responsible for client services, compliance and business development. He has 23 years in the insurance industry. Bill has previously worked with the Make a Wish Foundation of Georgia & Alabama. Bill is also a principal/investor with Environmental Risk Services, an environmental safety and compliance firm in Plymouth Meeting, PA. An avid sports fan and triathlon enthusiast.
CHILDREN WITHOUT A VOICE USA INC (CWAV USA)
Director of CommunityOutreach
A native of southern Indiana, Barbara moved to Atlanta in 1987. She has 15 years’ successful experience with Metro Atlanta Chambers of Commerce, specializing in membership sales, as well as sponsorship of events and advertising for various publications. Her vast number of contacts throughout Atlanta will be advantageous in recruiting supporters of CWAV and sponsorship of their fundraising events.
Barbara has over 25 years’ experience in Marketing and Public Relations and previously owned an advertising/public relations business in Louisville, Kentucky where she created and implemented special events for clients; produced print, outdoor and broadcast media, from creative concept, talent selection, and final edit. She won numerous awards from the Louisville Times; Bronze Addy Award and NADA for a TV commercial filmed on the track at Churchill Downs using the first female jockey at that time as spokesperson.
Barbara lives in Alpharetta and chose to volunteer with CWAV USA as a result of her own troubled and abusive childhood. She has a daughter and granddaughter who live in Duluth
David Van Sant, JD
Attorney At Law
Honorary Board Members
Dr. Jordan Greenbaum
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Dr. Brian Payne
Chair and Professor, Criminal Justice
Georgia State University
Medical Advisory Board
~Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, MD
Medical Director, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Child Protection Center
Published author, speaker, and former President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
~Dr. Brian K. Payne, PhD
Chair and Professor, Criminal Justice, Georgia State University
Published instructional author, researcher & speaker.
~Dr. David L. Chadwick, MD, Pediatrics, UCLA
Internationally known child advocate, professor, published author, speaker and researcher.
~Dr. Desmund Runyan, MD, DrPH, Pediatrician and Professor and Chair of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Duke; Internationally known scholar, researcher, published author and child advocate.
~Dr. Silvia L. Mazzula, BS, MA, PhD, Psychology Professor, John Jay College, researcher & published author.
Non-Medical Advisory Board
~Wendy Murphy, JD, Law Professor, New England School of Law
Leading children’s right’s advocate, published author and internationally recognized television legal analyst for CNN, HLN, FOX and other major television networks on a regular basis.
~Shelly G. Baucom, School Psychologist, Maters of Education
CWAV is proud to be endorsed by the following congressmen:
Georgia Senator David Shafer,
Senator Scott Brown of MA and
Georgia Representative Mark Burkhalter
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
“Volunteerism is human nature at its highest form.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
“Children are the world’s greatest natural resource and should be protected above all else on earth.”
CWAV Open Positions
Nominations and applications are being accepted for Executive Board Members, Directors, Committee Chairs & members, Members-at-Large, advisory board members and volunteers.
Medical Advisory Board- Those interested in serving on our medical advisory board should have experience in dealing with children’s medical and psychological issues. Preferred vocations would be an ophthalmologist, Pediatrician, Neurosurgeon, child psychologist or clinical child psychologist.
Official Website: www.ChildrenWithoutAVoiceUSA.org You can also visit us on Twitter & Facebook under the names CWAV or Children Without a Voice USA