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Inga Mucha Photography

SPCC, originally the “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children,” was established in 1875 shortly after the “American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” legally intervened on behalf of a ten-year-old NYC tenement child named Mary Ellen Wilson.Mary Ellen had been neglected and severely abused by her guardians and was the first child protection case in United States history. Following the SPCA’s intervention, Mary Ellen was placed with a family in Rochester where she lived until the age of 92.

Created by RIT faculty and students, the 8-minute virtual reality (VR) experience follows Mary Ellen’s story. Told through the lens of contemporary survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence it speaks to the effects of trauma and the positive outcomes that result when communities work together to support the most vulnerable in our society. The experience highlights how the guidance of SPCC, now the “Society for the Protection and Care of Children,” has provided a safe environment to heal and resources to turn lives around in a positive direction.

Please join us for appetizers, beverages, tours and a private screening of Our Compass at the RIT MAGIC Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 4p until 7p. All proceeds from the event will benefit SPCC.

SPCC and RIT's MAGIC Center Event


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