Malaak Compton-Rock is no stranger to the spotlight. The former public relations executive and wife of comedian Chris Rock has spent years attending high-profile parties and red carpet events. Yet despite her glamorous lifestyle, the mother of two is not concerned with celebrity. Malaak Compton-Rock has dedicated her life to serving others, and this month she is putting all of her energy into preventing child abuse through her Champions for Children.
As part of child abuse awareness month in April, Compton-Rock helped organize a star-studded national campaign to highlight the issue of child abuse. The campaign, which was shot by renowned photographer Timothy White and appears in the April issue of Redbook magazine, provides critical information on child abuse prevention, as well as inspiration and hope for abuse victims and their families.
“We believe children have a right to grow up in families where they feel loved, safe and secure – where smiles and laughter are a part of everyday life,” she said on her Champions for Children website.
Compton-Rock created the Champions for Children Foundation with the support of friends and celebrities to fund child abuse prevention programs not funded by the government. The foundation provides programs that help children and youth in care develop self-esteem, confidence and relationships by giving them the skills, support, and opportunities to be successful throughout their lives.
“The key to prevention is breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect,” said Compton-Rock. “By giving vulnerable families the skills, confidence and support to raise healthy children, we prevent the likelihood of abuse and neglect in later years. It is time for society to change its approach to stop child abuse by making prevention an absolute priority. This will be our legacy to the millennium generation and their children.”
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