Former Vice-President Joe Biden has joined the many Democrats denouncing Harvey Weinstein, a longtime supporter of candidates on the left, following allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted many women during his long career in Hollywood. He comforted parents who lost children to brain cancer, even as he was dying of it himself. Cowhey's store and the health system also work together to provide community education at the ShopRite and retail pharmacy services at the hospital.
Child sexual abuse is a "dirty little secret" that people don't like to talk about, but one that must be exposed, Biden said.
"It so fits our mission, which is outreach to the community and health and wellness, and opening doors to people's understanding and appreciation of where the risks to our society are and what we can do about that", Doylestown Health President and CEO Jim Brexler said of the program.
"Child sex abuse is the leading health risk in children", he said.
"Thirty-five percent of the victims of child abuse are under the age of 11", Biden said.
"This is such a pervasive issue and we need all adults involved to keep kids safe".
Two of his children were adopted after having been foster children, he said.
Nationally, one in four girls and one in six boys will have been sexually abused by the time they're 18 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Bucks is in line with those statistics, said Penny Ettinger, executive director of NOVA, which provides counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes, as well as programs and training for children, adults and mandated reporters. Previous year alone, there were more than 300 cases in Bucks in which forensic interviews were necessary, Ettinger added.
The ultimate goal is for the program to continue to spread and become nationwide, said former Vice President Joe Biden, the father of Beau Biden, former DE attorney general, who died in 2015.
WARMINSTER More than 27,000 adults in DE have already been trained in the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children program, which is created to teach adults how to recognize signs of, react responsibly to and prevent child sexual abuse. Funding for the partnership came from the The Cowhey Family ShopRite, its customers and its vendors. "That's what Beau did and that's what this foundation does and that's what this partnership does".
"All of you are here because of your commitment to protecting children", Biden told those in attendance.
Those who have followed Biden's life and career know that he's no stranger to tragedy.