Feature TYLA Project

Feature TYLA Project

The Little Voice - Coming to a Venue Near You!

By: Kristy Sims Piazza

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month, TYLA hosted a premier of its newest project - The Little Voice - at the Angelica Movie Theater in Dallas, Texas on April 21, 2011. The premier was a huge success and had over 100 attendees that included survivors and experts featured in the video, professionals across the state that work with children, local media outlets and numerous nonprofit organizations such as Community Partners of Dallas, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Protective Services, C.A.S.A., and the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.

TYLA created The Little Voice to help educate the public and those who work with children about the obligation to report child abuse when it is suspected. The Little Voice consists of a 35 minute video, English and Spanish Public Service Announcements and written materials that educate about how to recognize abuse and what to do about it when it is suspected. Through the stories of three survivors of abuse and the advice of professionals, the video identifies the different types of abuse, describes how to recognize abuse, and provides information about what to do about your suspicions.

TYLA will be presenting the project at the First Annual Modern Family Fest on May 15, 2011 in Dallas, the Texas EMS Conference on November 20-23, 2011, the Mabank School District Conference in June 2011, and at the Texas Education Agency Health Science Technology Career Conference on July 17, 2011 in Dallas. To date, TYLA has distributed more than 1,500 copies of the video and posters to agencies and venues across the state at no cost. Clear Channel Radio generously supported the project by playing the radio public service announcement over 1,200 times. The video is available as a DVD or online for download on the TYLA website.

TYLA is working hard to publicize this project across the State and would love to come to a venue near you! If you have a local or statewide contact with a television station, radio station, network, or movie theater, please let us know. We would like as many people as possible to learn about our statutory obligation to report suspected child abuse. If you would like to be involved, please contact Kristy Piazza at kristy@koonsfuller.com.

Together, we can all save the lives of innocent children by listening to The Little Voice.