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RMU Students Get Engaged in the Fight Against Child Abuse

RMU’s School of Education and Social Sciences and Shellie Hipsky, Ed.D., associate professor of education, have teamed up with The Alicia Project and Army of Angels to help raise awareness about child abuse.

The Alicia Project was founded by Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was a victim of Internet luring in 2002 when she was just 13 years old. Kozakiewicz was kidnapped and held captive for four days before being rescued by law enforcement.

In February, Kozakiewicz and Hipsky created a public service announcement (PSA) about preventing child abuse. The PSA was filmed in the children’s section of the library in Patrick Henry Center.

The Alicia Project is also sponsoring a 2012 poster contest called “What Safe Looks Like.” Winners in different categories will be displayed in Washington, D.C., in April at the Army of Angels Kross Kountry 4 Kids rally for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“This project will give the RMU community a better understanding of safety and child abuse, as well as a chance to hear Alicia’s story,” says Hipsky. “It reminds us to be educated and involved in the safety of children and in preventing child abuse.”

Students in RMU’s School of Education and Social Sciences assisted with the filming, production, and promotion of the PSA, and helped to spread the word about the poster contest. One student will also be a judge in the national contest.

Senior Alexa Bryson reflected on the importance of the PSA. “Being an early childhood major, it reminded me how important it is to educate children about safety and to protect them,” she says.

For more information on the PSA and poster contest, visit


Written by Abbey Lape, RMU junior and public relations assistant

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