Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center Presents

STAND UP. SPEAK OUT.

Join us for our first-ever, one-day child abuse awareness symposium featuring informative presentations, open and honest discussions, and a call to action to stand up and speak out against child abuse. Admission is FREE but we request all attendees to register prior to the event.

Where

Savannah State University Student Union
3219 College St., Savannah GA 31401

When

April 14, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Survivor, Author, Advocate

Kevin McNeil

Survivor, Author, Speaker

Jenna Quinn

Survivor, Author, Advocate

Kevin McNeil

Kevin McNeil is a Transformational Speaker, Victim Advocate, author, and CEO of the Twe12e Project, an organization that educates the world on the effects of trauma and abuse on individuals, families, and communities. Kevin’s passion is to help others heal from the effects of trauma and abuse. He is a renowned speaker who shares lessons from his own life experiences that transform, motivate, and inspire an individual’s mindset and potential.

 

Educating the world on the devastating effects of trauma and abuse, and motivating survivors to heal from it, is my passion in life. Being a male survivor of child rape, I know what it’s like to overcome a victim mindset that can leave a person periling in despair. My career as a police officer and Special Victims Detective changed the trajectory of my life and sparked a crusade to help others navigate life after trauma. A personal story of triumph, coupled with a law enforcement background, produced one dynamic speaker!

Survivor, Author, Speaker

Jenna Quinn

Jenna Quinn was first asked to speak in public and share her testimony as a young teenager. Since then, she has pioneered the national child sexual abuse prevention movement since 2004. She is also an author, TED speaker, trainer, and the namesake of Jenna’s Law legislation on the state and federal level.

 

Passed unanimously in Texas in 2009, Jenna’s Law was the first child sexual abuse prevention education mandate in the U.S named after a survivor requiring K-12 sexual abuse prevention for students, school staff, and caregivers. It requires each school district to adopt and implement a prevention policy that educates students, teachers, and caregivers on how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse. Now, over half the country has adopted legislation reflecting the principals of Jenna’s Law, including federal legislation filed called, “The Jenna Quinn Law.”

 

As a survivor who benefited from the services of a Children’s Advocacy Center, Jenna has worked with over 100 Child Advocacy Centers across the country. She’s also helped raise over $20 million dollars for organizations fighting child sexual abuse.

Break Out Sessions Speakers

Special Agent III

April Griffith

Special Agent III

April Griffith

Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACCU)

 

April Griffith is a Special Agent (S/A) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and has been so employed since September of 2007. Prior to becoming a Special Agent, S/A Griffith was employed by the GBI as the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator for the State of Georgia. S/A Griffith’s responsibilities were to train local law enforcement across the state of Georgia in how to deal with those that suffer from mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases. After becoming a Special Agent, S/A Griffith was assigned to the Region 1 Office located in Calhoun, Georgia. This office covers 12 counties in the northwest portion of Georgia. While assigned to this office, S/A Griffith worked various criminal cases to include homicide, armed robbery, child abuse/molestation, theft, aggravated assault, and rape. S/A Griffith served as the Child Abuse Specialist for approximately four (4) years at this office as well, focusing much of her time on investigating instances of child abuse.

 

In November of 2016, S/A Griffith transferred to the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) where she currently conducts proactive and reactive investigations involving crimes against children on the Internet and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. These types of investigations include possession/distribution/manufacturing of child sexual abuse material, solicitation of minors via the Internet, and the commercial sex trafficking of minors. S/A Griffith also serves as the liaison representing the GBI for the Child Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Multi-Disciplinary Team, which meets once monthly to discuss resources and services for victims of CSEC in order to ensure victims are having their various needs met.

 

S/A Griffith graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in August of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. S/A Griffith graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in May of 2012 with a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. S/A Griffith is a certified CelleBrite examiner and completed a sixteen (16) hour Cell Phones Investigations Training course taught by GeoCell. S/A Griffith has been a P.O.S.T. certified instructor since August of 2007 and regularly provides instruction in the areas of child abuse, human trafficking, sexual exploitation of children, and mental illness.

Event Itinerary

  • Registration
  • Breakfast
  • Introductions
  • Two Keynote Speakers
  • Two Breakout Sessions
  • Catered Lunch
  • Vendors & Networking
  • Open Discussion & Panel
  • Meet & Greet with Keynote Speakers

Register Today

Admission is FREE but we request all attendees to register prior to the event.