Monthly E-newsletter                                                    April 2014

Thank you for your continued support of PEI Kids. We have some exciting news for you this month!
PEI Kids' Program Participants Submit Artwork to Arbonne Charitable Foundation Holiday Gift Card Initiative
Three participants from our Crisis Intervention for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse program are working to make the 2014 holiday season brighter by participating in Arbonne Foundation's Annual Holiday Gift Card Initiative. The winning holiday card will be featured on Arbonne International's 2014 Holiday Cards, which will be sold internationally to support teens whom the Foundation serves worldwide. In the participant questionnaire, our admirable teenage contributors cited "bullying," "better communities," and "child safety" as things they would like to positively change about the world.
To learn more about our Crisis Intervention program, please click here or contact us at 609-695-3739.
It's almost here! PEI Kid's 2014 Dinner & Auction - Sunflower Soiree!  

We are very excited to be days away from our 23rd Annual Dinner & Auction at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville, NJ. Come enjoy the soiree of the year featuring complimentary wine and beer during our cocktail reception, a live swing band, and over 60 spectacular auction items! All event proceeds will support our programs and services, which benefit 16,000 children and families each year.


To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, click here. Please contact Development & Public Relations Coordinator Jesse Elliot at 609-695-3739 or with any questions!

Get Involved: Celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month!
PEI Kids' programs work to prevent child abuse every day. As April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, we have provided extra workshops for community members to work toward the same goals:

Tuesday, April 8th: Enough Abuse Workshop at the Children's Home Society North Ward Family Success Center (5-6:30pm)

Monday, April 28th: Enough Abuse Workshop at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville (7pm)

To RSVP to these events, please contact Stephanie Holcomb at or 609-695-3739.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey helps PEI Kids screen victims of child sexual abuse for depression


Numerous studies have proven a definitive link between childhood sexual abuse and depression. Thanks to ongoing support from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the more than 250 victims of child sexual abuse whom PEI Kids counselors treat each year are screened for depression, and, when necessary, provided with professional treatment. For the past six years, the Foundation has been a critical funder of this component of PEI Kids' Crisis Intervention for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse program.


A recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders (November 2013) confirms that one of the highest risk variables of chronic depression is having suffered sexual abuse during childhood. Additional high risk factors include having suffered previous episodes of depression, delayed treatment, and incidence of other physical or mental health problems. The three-year study analyzed several variables relating to the physical and mental health of over 35,000 US residents. Results showed that, the longer depression persisted, the more likely the subjects were to have experienced sexual abuse.

To learn more about our Crisis Intervention programs, click here. Please contact Director of Clinical Services Dr. Juanita Johnson Brooks at 609-695-3739 or with any questions!
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