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Alicia's Message: I'm Here to Save Your Life

April 8, 2013

Once the victim of an online predator, Alicia Kozakiewicz now takes her harrowing experience into Pittsburgh classrooms to protect other children. Her message to students and parents is now being heard nationwide.


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Once the victim of an online predator, Alicia Kozakiewicz now takes her harrowing experience into Pittsburgh classrooms to protect other children. Her message to students and parents is now being heard nationwide.


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