Thursday, February 13, 2014
Executive Board member with the Children’s Recovery Center (CRC)
Native of Jersey Shore, N.J.
Resident of Murrells Inlet for eight years
Worked in corporate sales and management for 30 years
President of Coastal Carolina Home Watch since 2005
Executive director for the National Home Watch Association
The mission of the CRC is to provide forensic interviews, medical examinations and effective advocacy for children suspected of having suffered sexual abuse, in a manner that minimizes revictimization throughout the process.
How did you get involved with the CRC?
I was brought into it by a friend. After I joined the board, I wanted to put my energy into something that really made a difference.
Child abuse, or abuse of any kind is near and dear to my heart.
Luckily, I was not a victim of it, but I know people who were.
It really does affect their lives forever and is really devastating.
How does the CRC help children and families?
We receive referrals from the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS), law enforcement, or the school system.
When the child comes in, he or she is interviewed by one person who is trained in the interview process.
The whole idea is to make the event the least traumatic as possible.
The more the child has to relive his or her experience, the worse the experience is.
When children are abused, the chance of them becoming an abuser later in life is great.
We work to hopefully stem that tide. Dr. Carol Rahter performs a physical exam to back up any claims the child makes.
CRC actually saw over 360 kids last year.
What should people know about child abuse?
Experts say one in four girls is sexually abused and one in six boys.
It goes on all around us.
If people see something that raises red flags and they are concerned, they should contact the child’s school, the police or DSS.
You are better off being wrong than not saying something at all.
Children can’t necessarily say something for themselves.
Most of the time the abuse is by someone they know, usually a family member.
The CRC is located in Myrtle Beach and also in Georgetown.
What is your role with the CRC?
I am on the Board of Directors which oversees operations, including funding.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all of our funds come from grants, like those from The Bunnelle Foundation, as well as donations from the public.
I also help plan fundraisers. This summer, we are going to hold a scavenger hunt in the Murrells Inlet area, similar to The Amazing Race TV show.
We will have about 20 teams and they will raise money to be a part of it.
We are always looking for monetary donations, and stuffed toys to provide comfort to children.
People can visit our website at childrensrecoverycenter.nationalchildrensalliance.org, or call 843-448-3400 for more information.
Can you tell me about your business, Coastal Carolina Home Watch?
We provide visual inspections for empty homes for absentee homeowners.
Most of our clients are people along the Grand Strand who maintain a residence here, but live elsewhere.
We come do an inspection on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to give people peace of mind.
We take care of everything from ocean front hotels to double-wide mobile homes.
People can find out more by visiting our website at cchomewatch.com, or by calling 843-357-4440.
Can you tell me about your experience with the theater?
I have been active with Murrells Inlet Community Theater and the Swamp Fox Players in Georgetown.
I am a trained actor and had an “under five lines” part in the soap opera “One Life to Live.”
I worked in theater in New Jersey, New York and took part in regional musical theater.
Can you tell me about your family?
My wife, Chris passed away at Tidelands Community Hospice in 2012 after a 15-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
We were married for 26 years.
I have two children, Paul, who is a teacher in New Jersey, and Cheryl, who is in corporate sales in California.
My sister, Faith, works with the National Home Watch Association.
– As told to Clayton Stairs
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