Viola Davis: Encouraging Kids To Speak Out Against Their Abusers

Viola Davis: Encouraging Kids To Speak Out Against Their Abusers

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Viola Davis is working on a special project…actually a couple of them aimed at helping children deal with abuse.

Fun facts about Viola Davis: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) Beginning her career on the stage, Davis won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in August Wilson's King Hedley II (2001). She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004), followed by a second Tony and a third Drama Desk Award for her role in Fences (2010).

2) her most notable films are Traffic (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), Solaris (2002) and The Help (2011). Her eleven-minute-long performance in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008) earned several honors, including an Academy Award nomination. Her role in the film The Help has garnered two Screen Actors Guild Awards (one for Lead Actress and one for Best Ensemble in a motion picture), a BAFTA Award nomination, another Academy Award nomination, and a Golden Globe nomination. In addition to her success, she was listed in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

3) 2001, she won the Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II, a "35-year-old mother fighting eloquently for the right to abort a pregnancy." She has also won another Drama Desk Award for her work in a 2004 off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.

Stuart House Official Website (for sexually-abused children)

Hunger Is Official Website

Stuart House: Established in 1988, Stuart House is an innovative program that became an international model for the treatment of sexually abused children.

The Need: There is an immediate need for Stuart House to serve a much greater number of sexually abused children who cannot now be served because of the space limitations of the current facility.

Campaign Goal: $17 million dollars ($12 million for construction of the new building and $5 million for expanded services)

Our goal is within reach! We have raised $12 million dollars. There are many naming opportunities still available. Every gift, large or small, makes a difference!

Groundbreaking: On May 2nd, we are breaking ground to build a new, larger facility. The new building will double Stuart House capacity to provide state-of-the-art care and treatment for sexually abused children and their families, and enable us to establish a training center for first responders in child abuse cases.

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