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(Washington, DC) September 1, 2012 – Five children die each day from abuse in our country. As America prepares to send its children back to school, two dedicated organizations want communities to know there are ways to protect kids from predators, harassment and bullying. In a partnership arrangement unique in the world of nonprofits, Beulah’s Place and Childhelp are joining forces to raise funds to fight child abuse and trafficking.

Beulah’s Place, founded by Ed and Andi Buerger in Redmond, Oregon, is a place of refuge for teens victimized by sexual predators and other abusers.

Childhelp’s Speak Up and Be Safe curriculum for grades 1st - 6th equips kids with skills to arm themselves from abuse via technology like “sexting,” internet predators and cyber bullying.

Both organizations stress that, today, sex trafficking is the second largest criminal endeavor next to illegal drugs in America. In the U.S. alone, this industry earns upwards of $13 billion a year for traffickers.

Beulah’s Place is designed to be the prototype of a nationwide safety net for children who are easy prey for traffickers, sexual predators and pedophiles. Here, these at-risk youth will find food, shelter, unconditional love and hope. Beulah’s Place gives kids options that will help them live normal lives, spared from violence, disease and even death at the hands of dispassionate criminals.

Since 1959, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children. CEO and Co-Founder Sara O'Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson established Childhelp as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse. Visit www.childhelp.org.

“I’ve been a celebrity ambassador for many years for Childhelp. Through my involvement with the organization I’ve learned about the horrific long-term trauma suffered by children who are physical, sexual and emotionally abused. That is why the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program was developed. To protect our children from an early age against all types of threats in today’s world, including bullying and internet safety. Educating our children, whether in the role of parent, family member or teacher, is the best way we can help fight abuse and empower our children.”
– Kathie Lee Gifford, Anchor, NBC News, Today