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Philadelphia Children's Alliance Uses Social Media To Battle Abuse

By Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Philadelphia Children's Alliance is launching a month-long social media campaign during Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in April.

The Philadelphia Children's Alliance is using social media to give tips, start a discussion, and let people share their stories about preventing and stopping sexual abuse.

"Our mission is definitely to provide direct services to children when there's been an allegation of sexual abuse," Executive director Chris Kirchner said. "But we also have a component of our mission that is about educating the community about the extent of the problem."

The problem is 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will report being sexually abused before their 18th birthday. The 30 day campaign called "April is" balances safety and prevention with help and healing. Anyone can participate in "Tweet about it Tuesdays" and "the 6 word memoir project."

"We're hoping that people will take the time to think about their take on the issue of child sex abuse and put it into 6 words that we can then post on our website."

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