Two Miss Americas work together to support “Stop It Now” to end the epidemic of child sexual abuse
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is joining Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958 on a subject that has touched both of their lives. Together they will focus on the question, How do we prevent and stop child abuse?
- One in four girls and one out of six boys is sexually abused before age 18, according to research cited by the Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester.
- In 90 percent of cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts — a parent or stepparent, relative, family friend, coach, day care provider, religious leader, teacher or club leader.
Marilyn told her story in her 2003 book, Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love. She’s also featured in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children prevention video that Bivona, the YMCA of Greater Rochester and other partners are aiming to show to 28,000 adults in Monroe County.
We applaud these remarkable Miss Americas as they work together to make a difference to Stop It Now!
- Photos courtesy of the Miss America Organization
About the Miss America Pageant
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Website: www.missamerica.org