It’s #GivingTuesday, that day of the year when we ask you to help MCAP in our mission to end and prevent child abuse and neglect in Montgomery County. This year, Sarah Klein, MCAP’s 2018 honoree at our Salute to Heroes Dinner Dance & Auction and newest board member, is helping us make our request.
Sarah Klein is a survivor of the infamous child sex abuse case against US Olympics Women’s Gymnastics Team doctor, Larry Nassar. She, along with 156 of her “Sister Survivors,” read her victim impact statement to Nassar in a little courtroom in Lansing, Michigan for the world to hear via live broadcast in January 2018. It was a powerful moment; survivors everywhere reported feeling empowered and validated by the women’s courage to tell their stories so publicly.
Ever since the case closed and Nassar began serving a life sentence, Sarah has been on a mission to shine a bright light on the prevalence of child sex abuse in the hope that she can save others from suffering the same fate. For the inevitable future victims, Sarah is glad that MCAP is here for them, as she so powerfully illustrated in her speech at our Salute to Heroes event on November 17th, excerpted here:
I think about the fact that somewhere in our own communities there is another 8-year-old little girl watching cartoons and playing dolls like I was when my abuse started. Who has or will have her life forever altered by abuse.
Who will take her hand?
Who will believe her?
Who will tell her that she matters?
Who will walk with her and be her advocate as she navigates the legal process? Which I can tell you as an almost 40-year-old adult is really, really hard.
These questions do not haunt me as much as they once did knowing that an organization like MCAP and people like all of you exist.
Thank you for making it possible for MCAP to do this life-saving, life-changing, life-giving work.
Since 2004, MCAP has helped nearly 6,000 children in need to navigate the difficult legal system and find their ways to safe, secure homes. Will you help MCAP continue doing this life-saving, life-changing, life-giving work?
This #Giving Tuesday, please help to make a difference in the lives of more children and make your gift – which will be matched by PayPal if you make it today! – by clicking here:
Thank you so much for your support.
If you would like to deepen your support of MCAP, consider joining our new Superheroes Society! Find more information at www.MCAPkids.org/donate or by calling Development Director Heather Evans at 610-279-1219, ext. 120.