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Former Miss America helps child abuse victims


By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A former Miss America is coming to Moultrie in an effort to help prevent childhood sexual abuse.

Moultrie's Childhood Advocacy Center, better known as the Hero House, is in need of funds. They rely on the community for about a third of the funding and depend on those resources even more with cuts from the state. Former Miss America 1958 Marilyn Van Derbur, wants to help and plans to host a fundraiser to talk about how she survived sexual abuse from her father.

"Marilyn is a survivor, she is a person who cares about children, she has said as I've talked with her she is a child advocate, she would like to enlighten the community on prevention and security for children," said Karen Ambrose, Moultrie District Attorney Crime Victim Advocate.

Van Derbur has even emailed several victims from Colquitt County in an effort to help them. The event is October 12th at the First Baptist Church.

You can contact (229)890-5549 to get information on advance ticket sales. You can also contact the District Attorney's Office Victim's Advocate Karen Ambrose at (229)616-7476.

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