Press Release Regarding Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Press Release – For Immediate Release


From: The Children’s Alliance Center of Berks County and  The Pennsylvania Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams

Date: August 16, 2018

Subject: The Response to Child Abuse


With the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report concerning the abuse of children in six Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses on Tuesday, we believe that it is vitally important to provide information to help victims of child abuse and

their families. We offer the following information to all victims of child abuse – not just those covered by the Grand Jury Report:
·If you or someone you know is currently being abused call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313 to report the abuse.
·If the child victim of abuse is in immediate danger, call 911 for help.
·If you are a victim of abuse by a member of the clergy, the Attorney General has
established a special hotline: 888-538-8541.
·If you are a victim of abuse and do not know where to turn for help in dealing with the effects of abuse, contact your local Child Advocacy Center to be directed to the resources in your area.  
Remember, although the current news is focused on abuse perpetrated by members of the clergy, abuse can happen anywhere by anyone. There is no profile or demographic that identifies a potential abuser. We all need to help insure the safety of our children. Some people are mandatory reporters of child abuse but ANYONE can make a report to ChildLine if they know or suspect that a child is being abused. The Pennsylvania Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams provides technical support to children's advocacy centers and multi-disciplinary teams throughout the state.  The Chapter works diligently with member organizations throughout the Commonwealth to ensure that the cultural changes are in place to bring the secrets of abuse to light.  The Chapter will continue to work with the programs around the state as well as our partner's to educate communities and organizations on the signs and symptoms of child abuse. The Chapter urges communities to become educated on the topic of child abuse. Reach out to your local child advocacy center to learn more about resources in your area. To find the Child Advocacy Center near you visit the PA Chapter’s website at



Save the Date: Souper Bowl Workshops at Goggleworks

Be a Souper hero. Make a hand-crafted bowl at GoggleWorks and help your neighbors in need!

Session A: Sunday September 23, 2018 2-4 pm

Session B: Saturday October 27, 2018, 2-4 pm
Session C: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6-8 pm
Session D:  Friday, December 14, 2018, 6-8 pm


Souper Bowl workshops at GoggleWorks support Opportunity House’s popular annual fundraiser, held each January at the Crowne Plaza in Reading. Register at The cost is $25. For each registration, a GoggleWorks ceramic artist donates a bowl to be auctioned at the January 2019 event. 

Private Souper Bowl Workshops, available for groups of 8-20, make a great hands-on experience for corporate, adult, and youth groups. To book a private workshop, call 610.374.4600 x148 or email


Thank you for your support! 


1/28/19: Suit Up, Dig In at Our 17th Annual Souper Bowl

5:30-7:30 pm, Crowne Plaza, 1741 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing 19610

Wear a football jersey in support of your favorite team and be entered in a door prize drawing! 

  • Receive a handmade ceramic bowl donated and created by local artists, school students and community groups as well as a light meal of soup, bread and goodies provided by your favorite local restaurants.
  • Join us for the Preview Party from 4:30-5:30 pm and enjoy wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, the first pick of bowls and first taste of soups.
  • Information regarding ticket sales will be announced as the event nears. Like us on Facebook for announcements regarding the event.



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