Olympic silver medalist to address child abuse prevention at breakfast

4/25/2014, 6:32 a.m.

Margaret Hoelzer, who survived child abuse to become a U.S. Olympian, will be the keynote speaker at a child abuse prevention and awareness breakfast on April 30 at The Temple in Atlanta.

The Change Makers Breakfast takes place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Schwartz-Goldstein Hall. The fundraiser is presented by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month observed in April.

Hoelzer, a spokeswoman for the National Children’s Advocacy Center, is a 2004-2008 Olympian with three medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in swimming. She won bronze in the 100 backstroke, silver in the 200 backstroke, and a silver medal for being a member of the preliminary team in the 400 medley relay.

In 2013, she received the Voice of Courage award from the Darkness to Light organization for stepping forward to share her story of triumph over sexual abuse.

Hoelzer, who majored in psychology in college and spent time studying sexual abuse cases, says she wants to use her past to help others.

Statistics show one in four girls and one in seven boys under the age of 18 will be the victims of sexual abuse.

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, established in 1987, serves an average of 600 abuse victims annually in DeKalb and Fulton counties.

The Temple is at 1589 Peachtree St. For tickets and more information, contact Brenda Vazquez at brendav@gacfca.org or 678-904-2880, Ext. 227.