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Centenary College Social Sciences Event Designed to "Stop Child Abuse Now"

10/02/2013, 09:38 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. –  The Centenary College Social Sciences Department announces an event designed to support the “Stop Child Abuse Now” initiative spearheaded by National Association for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA).  At 6 p.m. October 23, 2013, in the George H. Whitney Chapel at Centenary College, Carol D. Levine, child abuse survivor and author of “Panic Child: A Harrowing True Story of Sexual Abuse and Neglect,” will speak about her experiences and how to be more aware about this epidemic.  A limited amount of her books will be available for purchase that evening for $10. This event is free and open to the public.

Carol D. Levine is a survivor, author and advocate who knows all too well about the horrors of child abuse, domestic violence and all the negative efforts it has on the lives of children.  Her mission is to help educate people as to just how bad the epidemic of child abuse is and the impact it has on society.  Levine speaks about physical abuse, emotional abuse and the neglect of children.  If left untreated, abuse can impede the progress and growth of a child and it alters children to the core of their being.  Levine suffered from all of the abuses mentioned, which caused her to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, but she has healed through help that she received over the years.

“It is imperative for society to become aware of the signs of abuse and to become proactive,” says Levine.  “Our children have no voice, but we do!”

Levine claims that educating parents, children, schools and society in general will help “put a dent” in the statistics of child abuse.  An informed child is a safer child.  There are offenders everywhere. They go where children go and many times are falsely taken to be pillars of society.

Levine has been interviewed by The Express-Times on numerous occasions, has been a guest on many Internet Blog Talk Radio shows and has been a guest speaker on WRNJ radio several times.  She distributes information about child abuse to colleges, schools, day care centers, post offices, stores, diners - anywhere where people go.

Levine has worked in a juvenile detention center, detox facilities and a methadone clinic as a counselor, and Greystone Psychiatric as a technician.  She was also part of the original Rahway Lifers television program “Scared Straight,” in which she volunteered for years working with troubled youth, many of whom had been abused as well.  She was a guest speaker for Sussex County Community College’s “Clothesline Project” last April. She continues to work with those in crisis today.

She is a representative of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (www.naasca.org), which offers a wealth of information on prevention, intervention and recovery.  She also co-hosts the Internet blog talk radio show, “Stop Child Abuse Now.”

“I am so pleased that Carol Levine will be visiting the College and will be talking with our students and members of the community about this serious issue,” says Dr. Kitsy Dixon, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Centenary College.  “We can certainly learn from Ms. Levine and become more aware of warning signs when abuse is occurring and what help is actually available out there.”

For more information, please call (908) 852-1400, ext. 2424.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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