One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
- Forest E. Witcraft

Communities kicking child abuse


   How do you stamp out child abuse?  It’s a community effort.  And, that is precisely what the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center of Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District and the Red Dragon Martial Arts Center of Jefferson City are emphasizing this month. 

   On August 26th, Red Dragon will be holding its Tournament of Champions, beginning at 10:00am in their studio located at 723 East Main Street in Jefferson City.  Ten dollars ($10.00) per student from the enrollment fee for each event in which they compete will be donated to the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center to help serve child-victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect in Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties.  Students will be able to showcase the many talents they have acquired during their studies at Red Dragon, while indirectly helping the child-victims of our area to move past significant traumas in their lives.

   “We are very excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Bill Whitworth, his staff and students at Red Dragon Martial Arts to increase awareness in our district and raise money to combat child abuse”, says Barry Fain, charter member and president of Safe Harbor’s board of directors.  “This is a prime example of members of our community stepping forward to help some of the most defenseless members of our society that are truly in needs of help.” 

   “Red Dragon is one of many groups that are taking the initiative to help us stamp out child abuse in our area”, adds Donna Koester, a charter member and executive director of Safe Harbor.  “We are very grateful to the staff of Red Dragon, their students and the parents for joining us in this endeavor to raise awareness and funding for child-victims of severe abuse.”

   “We (Safe Harbor) welcome the possibility to discuss opportunities to collaborate with our friends and neighbors in the business and civic communities to help combat child abuse in our area”, concludes Fain.  “With SafeHarbor serving the four counties of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier and Red Dragon also serving students in the same counties, this partnership for the August 26th Tournament of Champions was an excellent opportunity for everyone.”

   The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit youth organization established to serve child victims of abuse ranging from birth through 17 years of age.  Persons interested in learning more about Safe Harbor and/or discussing opportunities to partner with Safe Harbor to help child-victims of severe abuse may contact their executive director, Donna Koester, by phone at (865) 453-2638 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Interested parties may also visit Safe Harbor’s website at

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