Child Abuse Prevention Summit Seeks to Help End a Nationwide Epidemic

12:51 EDT 8 Aug 2017 | PR Newswire

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Child Abuse Prevention Summit, Golden Door's first round-table forum focused on bringing about real and lasting change in society, will be a 3-day sponsored event held at Golden Door on how to stop the escalation of child abuse and neglect in America. Attendees will include leaders in the field of child abuse education and prevention as well as child advocates from the worlds of business, government, medicine and academia. 

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals of child abuse or neglect that involve more than 6.6 million children are made to state child protection agencies. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations—with an average between four and seven children lost every day to abuse and neglect—according to studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Child abuse is an on-going issue that will not go away on its own," said Kathy Van Ness, COO, Golden Door. "There is a report of child abuse every 10 seconds in the United States, and we need to determine together how to stop this from happening. Through the Golden Door Foundation, we pledge 100 percent of our net profits to support philanthropic child abuse-related causes. The Child Abuse Prevention Summit is the next step in our mission to positively change lives and to extend our responsibilities beyond our walls."

Currently, Golden Door works with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), Palomar Health Foundation, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Rady Children's Hospital and others to help stop child abuse and bring awareness to the cause.

"On behalf of Palomar Health's Forensic Child Abuse Program and Sexual Assault Team, I want to extend our most heartfelt thank you to Golden Door for all the support they have provided to the program and the victims we serve," said Catherine McLennan, supervisor of the Child Abuse Program. "We are grateful to Kathy Van Ness and her team for their dedication to transforming the lives of the San Diego North County children."

"The NYSPCC and Golden Door share the same goal: to prevent and stop child abuse and neglect. We are proud to be working with Golden Door on next year's child abuse summit and sharing our mission with everyone who will come together to protect our children," said Executive Director Mary L. Pulido, PhD, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. 

"We salute Golden Door in its work to end child abuse," said Executive Director Katie Albright of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. "We believe we can end child abuse, not simply prevent it. Child abuse is a serious problem with devastating consequences, but it's a problem we know how to solve. We believe that strong families, supported by a strong and caring community, will not abuse their children."

The Golden Door Child Abuse Summit takes place May 20–May 23, 2018, at Golden Door in San Marcos, CA. This three-day summit provides in-depth discussions and speakers on how to end child abuse. For more information, log onto

About Golden Door

Golden Door is a legendary health & wellness experience that's personalized to you. Guests relax, restore and refresh on a journey focused on personalized fitness, spa and nutrition programs, thoughtfully designed to meet the specific goals and needs of each individual. Located in a serene valley a few miles north of San Diego and south of Los Angeles, Golden Door is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tranquility of this unique spot on earth. The resort is nestled in 600 acres of nature to hike, run or simply explore. With more than 30 miles of hiking and walking trails, mountains to climb, vistas to discover, and a bamboo forest that gives voice to the wind, guests are surrounded by breathtaking beauty that nurtures the soul. 100% of Golden Door's net profits go to philanthropic causes, including helping to end child abuse and transform young lives.

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