Prosecutors say a 2004 Supreme Court decision has made it harder to prosecute child abuse. That's part of why CACs offer courtroom training for victims and a collaborative model that helps prosecutors seek justice for kids.
Earlier this month, police in Germany shut down a site on the dark web called Elysium and arrested the ringleader. On Elysium, investigators discovered 87,000 members sharing images of heinous acts of child abuse and even making appointments to sexually abuse children.
An Erin's Law-mandated sexual abuse prevention session at an elementary school outside Chicago prompted a nine-year-old to disclose ongoing sexual abuse by her mother's boyfriend. That man is now behind bars for 40 years.
The Center for Investigative Reporting dives into law enforcement's shift away from treating exploited children like prostitutes, and toward providing them with the services they need to escape the cycle of exploitation. That audio starts at 42:19 in the link.
Will the trauma assessments of the future look more like...your online shopping cart? Scientists are in the early stages of plotting how machine learning can predict childhood PTSD, which may one day help those who help kids heal from abuse identify risk factors and treatments.
The former USA Gymnastics doctor who stands accused of sexually abusing more than 100 of his patients—including U.S. Olympians—has plead guilty to child pornography charges. But many of the victims he personally abused may never get justice.
Our friend Jenna Quinn "Jenna's Law" shares her story of surviving abuse and bouncing back to become one of the nation's top advocates for child victims of abuse. Now, she's working with lawmakers in Texas and nationwide to ensure the law that bears her name will protect trafficked and exploited children—among the most vulnerable people in society.
Protect the kids in your life: learn the most important summer safety tip of all. That and more in our July newsletter, available now.
Tomorrow is Independence Day! For all your summer holidays, here are some tips for summer safety for the children in your life.
In the wake of post-Sandusky reforms, Penn State is just months away from opening the Center for Healthy Children, a new $11-million research center to prevent and treat child abuse.
This one's for the CACs. We've made huge advances in helping kids the way the science tells us to. But how do we keep these practices sustainable? Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center's Carole Swiecicki tells us how she did it in South Carolina.
Vicarious trauma—the "emotional residue" of the trauma of others—hits child welfare workers like CAC professionals hard. It can lead to mental health problems, substance use issues, and burnout. But there's a path forward. Our Kim Day, a 25-year veteran of the child welfare field, explains what it takes for CACs and communities to institutionalize self-care.
The military provides services that can prevent abuse to its servicemembers, and has taken steps to coordinate with state child welfare authorities to help children abused on its bases. Yet states have no obligation to share case information with base authorities. Many CAC leaders already work closely with base staff to help military children, but what about the rest?
A great Q&A on the child abuse intervention landscape in 2017 with the leader of Massachusetts' The Children's Trust.
Our friend Jenna Quinn "Jenna's Law", a survivor, author, and successful advocate for sexual abuse prevention education, recently gave a TEDx Talk on her journey from victim to survivor to protector. Watch her talk on Youtube.
At last week's Leadership Conference, NCA honored the LDS Church with our National Philanthropic Leadership Award. CACs and communities need the leadership of all faith communities to serve and protect children.
As NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar said in her remarks that "faith communities have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of protecting children because families and communities really listen to them and turn to them for support and guidance."
On our blog, family social science expert Dr. Abi Gewirtz explores the connection between "coercive parenting" and childhood trauma. More importantly, she explains how new programs help caregivers escape these unhealthy and unproductive parenting behaviors so children can thrive.
We're here in DC with 563 of our best friends from across the CAC movement! Here are some highlights from the first full day of the 2017 Leadership Conference. Message us with your best conference photos or post them below!
The triumph of mercy over judgment may be a concept that comes to us from religion, but it's also proving to be good public policy. In New Orleans, school administrators are learning students' trauma history to help them learn and flourish instead of punishing them for the behavioral effects of trauma.
In the early 90s, this former CDC researcher participated on the team that identified the lifelong effects of childhood trauma like abuse. Today, she works in Atlanta as a professor researching how to address public health by healing children. Read her take on ACEs.
CACs don't just help kids recover from trauma. They help kids help investigators solve crimes. Great story on our member Baltimore Child Abuse Center!
What if you could glimpse the future of your community's children? What if you could do something about it now? Watch and learn from our colleagues at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center about the danger of ACEs, and what CACs are doing to stop the lifelong suffering of abuse now.
Announcing this year's amazing winners for the 2017 Recognition Awards! We'll honor them all in person at next month's Leadership Conference. Do you know any of the winners?
Law enforcement agencies around the globe are seeing a rising tide of "online sex tourism" where children are exploited live over the internet. But as CACs know well, child pornography victims suffer daily right here in the U.S., in every state. With support from Congress and DOJ, we are working to expand and specialize the services CACs offer to victims of child pornography and their unique needs.