Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
A Message from Michael A. Rashid, President and CEO of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
Protecting our children from sexual abuse has become a personal passion of mine through my participation and work as a member of the Vision of Hope Advisory Council which is sponsored by the PA Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
In keeping with The AmeriHealth Mercy Families of Companies' mission to help people "Get Care, Stay Well, and Build Healthy Communities", I would like to personally extend to you a challenge to partner with me to be champions for our most vulnerable and precious population – our children.
As President and CEO of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, I would like to thank you, as a valuable member of our network of providers, for your continued commitment to providing excellent and compassionate care to our members and encourage you to be a hero to a child.
The evil of child sexual abuse is evident and all too present in our world. We can only imagine the anger and sorrow that you must feel when confronted with a young, innocent victim in your practice or facility.
One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by age 18. You must agree that number is alarming and unacceptable.
The PA Coalition Against Rape through its Vision of Hope campaign is working to protect children from the devastation of sexual abuse. Keystone Mercy is a strong supporter, advocate and partner of the campaign. We challenge you to join us. As medical professionals and adults we do have the power to intervene and protect these children from further devastation. Go to their Web sit at: http://www.theirhope.org/about.htm for information on how you can get involved.
You are a mandatory reporter* as required by law when there is a reason to suspect that a child has been sexually abused.
To make a report
Call ChildLine (1-800-932-0313), a 24-hour toll free telephone reporting system operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to receive reports of suspected child abuse. ChildLine forwards the report of suspected child abuse to the local county children and youth agency, which investigates the report to determine if the allegations can be substantiated as child abuse/neglect and also arranges for or provides the services that are needed to prevent the further maltreatment of the child and to preserve the family unity.
*Do you have questions about the requirements you have as mandatory reporter? Read the Frequently Asked Questions as presented by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians:
For additional resources and information about child sexual abuse visit: