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Erin Levitas Foundation celebrates release of ‘Every Body Talk’

More than 100 supporters, friends and family came together at Green Spring Station March 31 to celebrate the launch of “Every Body Talk,” a children’s book released by the Erin Levitas Foundation.

The book is an introduction to age-appropriate conversations around topics including body safety and boundaries that may reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and, ultimately, sexual assault.

At the event, guests discussed the book with authors Marissa Jachman, executive director of the Erin Levitas Foundation, and Matthew Mittleman while learning more about the organization’s work to reduce sexual assault.

Quince Hopkins, gender violence expert at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Adam Rosenberg and Alison D’Alessandro, child sexual abuse prevention and intervention experts from LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope were some of the book’s leading experts who were in attendance to celebrate and receive awards for their guidance on and devotion to the project.

Jachman announced that thanks to generous donors like the many in attendance, the Erin Levitas Foundation donated hundreds of books to organizations throughout Baltimore including the Ronald McDonald House, The University of Maryland Pediatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Lifebridge Health Pediatrics, and its partner school John Ruhrah Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore and that the books were now available at The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore and Politics and Prose in Washington.

Additionally, Wende and Michael Levitas, founders of the Foundation, presented Mittleman with the Volunteer of the Year award for his partnership in writing the book and advocating for the importance of early education in helping to prevent sexual assault.

From left, Jill Ginsburg, Cathi Finkelstein, Natalie Chason, Wende Levitas and Stacey Rubin celebrate the launch of Every Body Talk by the Erin Levitas Foundation. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Brian Morrison, of Wood Room Cinema LLC, left, and Chelsea Morrison, massage Therapist at Robert Andrew Salon and Spa, attended the event to celebrate the new book, Every Body Talk. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Children enjoy the coloring wall featuring illustrations from the book, Every Body Talk. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Gina Crash from WLIF-FM’s “Greg and Gina” morning show with Marissa Jachman, executive director of the Erin Levitas Foundation and co-author of Every Body Talk. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Donald Tobin, dean and professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, one of the Erin Levitas Foundation’s partners, participated in the speaking program at the launch event. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Quince Hopkins, director of Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law speaks to the crowd about how the program supports the organization’s mission. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Marissa Jachman, executive director of the Erin Levitas Foundation and co-author of Every Body Talk with Daren George of the Porsche Club of America—Potomac Region. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Marissa Jachman, executive director of the Erin Levitas Foundation and co-author of Every Body Talk with Daren George of the Porsche Club of America—Potomac Region. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Some of the experts who supported “Every Body Talk” gather for a photo. From left, Quince Hopkins, Director of Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Alison D’Alessandro, director of child and youth protection at LifeBridge Health Center for Hope; Adam Rosenberg, vice president of violence Intervention and prevention at LifeBridge Health and executive director at Center for Hope at LifeBridge Health; with Marissa Jachman and Matthew Mittleman, co-authors of Every Body Talk. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Guests learn more about the Erin Levitas Foundation’s new children’s book, “Every Body Talk.” (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Guests learn more about the Erin Levitas Foundation’s new children’s book, Every Body Talk. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)

Matthew Mittleman, co-author of Every Body Talk, shares his experience working with the Erin Levitas Foundation to write the book. (Photo by Vince Lupo, Direction One)