May 1 Music Jam to benefit Davis House
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Forty-two sticks figures on the lawn at the Franklin Police Department each respresenting 10 children served by the Davis House Child Advocacy Center last year.
Child abuse and neglect affects more than 3 million of the nation’s children annually, and Williamson County is not insulated from it. According to national statistics, one in four girls and one in six boys will be victims of sexual abuse by the age of 18.
Davis House Child Advocacy Center was established in 1999 to help child victims deal with the traumatic effects of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. On May 1 DHCAC is hosting Rock the House Music Jam, a fundraising songwriter’s night at the Franklin Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Performers include threetime Grammy nominee Lee Thomas Miller; CMA nominee Wynn Varble; The Warren Brothers, who have written numerous hits for Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride; and one of Music City’s most promising young talents, Chris Janson.
It costs almost $400,000 annually to provide the services DHCAC offers. As a non-governmental 501c3 agency, DHCAC relies heavily on community support. The event culminates Child Abuse Prevention Month. To help visualize the child victims, DHCAC erected a display of cutout children on the lawn of the Franklin Police Headquarters. Created by an Eagle Scout in 2011, each year the display shows the number of lives DHCAC touched.
In 2012, that number totaled 420 new sexually or severely abused child clients to whom physical and emotional support was provided.
“These [cut-out] children represent the kids that live in our neighborhoods, on our streets, and even in our home,” said Marcus Stamps, DHCAC executive director. “They come to us looking for a way to deal with the trauma they have suffered, and trying to fi nd a way to smile again.”
Although their faces can’t be shown and their stories can’t be told, severe child abuse does happen here and there is a place to get help. Partnering with local law enforcement, DHCAC uses a multi-faceted approach to help the young victims with the traumatic effects of abuse and allow them begin to heal and hope. By providing resources that restore a sense of normalcy to the victims and prevention and early intervention education to the community, DHCAC is dedicated to helping the victims. It is also sending a message to predators that abuse will not be tolerated and educating the community about intervention and prevention.
Tickets for the May 1 show are $75 for balcony seats, which include food and beverage during a pre-concert meet and greet with the songwriters at 6:30 p.m. and beverages in the lounge during the performance, and $30 for classic seating on the main floor.
Balcony tickets may be purchased by calling 615-790- 5900, extension 101, emailing email@example.com or online at www.davishousecac.org/events/. Classic seats may be purchase at the Franklin Theatre box office or online at www. franklintheatre.com.
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For more information about the DHCAC, visit www.davishousecac.org or call Marcus Stamps at 790- 5900, ext 101.
Posted on: 4/26/2013