"These abusers...they rely on children too afraid to tell a trusted adult. They rely on people unwilling to share their story, so they can go on and victimize the next person, and the next person...And if we don't play by their rules? We can stop it altogether."
New One in Ten episode out now: Teresa Huizar and researcher Wendy Walsh on the Bystander Effect—why people don't report child abuse, and what we can do to overcome reporting barriers.
WATCH NOW: Erin Merryn, the advocate behind Erin's Law mandating sexual abuse prevention in schools, sat down with Julianna Margulies on CBS News this morning. They discussed their efforts to pass Erin's Law in New York, one of the last states not to have these important child abuse prevention laws.
For parents, caregivers, and CACs: Here's why it's important to do everything we can to help kids complete treatment after trauma. Check out this new resource from our friends at NCTSN on what the evidence shows, and what we can do.
It's a nationwide problem. When a truly shocking incident of child abuse happens, the instinct is to blame child welfare agencies for letting kids fall through the cracks. But it's up to states to invest in these agencies, attract and retain caseworkers, and reduce caseloads so every child gets the attention they deserve.
New United Nations podcast: how two Hollywood stars embarked on an ambitious project to completely remove child sexual abuse content from the internet and hold abusers accountable.
Statutes of limitations laws are shrinking or falling around the country. On June 2, we're honoring Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, one of the first public officials to fight back against institutional child sexual abuse when he launched an investigation into abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.
It's time to listen. Today marks the launch of our brand-new podcast, One in Ten, where we talk with the brightest minds science, the law, medicine, morality, and messaging working to solve one of the world's toughest challenges—child abuse. Our first two episodes are live now. Check it out and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever podcasts are found.
As part of a program to help prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and strengthen families, students at two high schools in New Mexico were asked what would help. This opinion piece lists 12 things students came up with.
Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, one of the early warriors against institutional abuse, calls on us in times of cultural tragedy to remember that human ones are greater.
Our friends at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County in Virginia took the SHINE message to their local government, and got the month of April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Fairfax, just as it is around the country. Read this great piece—just one example of supporters showing up to SHINE for survivors in communities around the country.
Our new Annual Report is out now. Read stories from real heroes for children, from the balmy Mississippi Delta to the windswept River Country of Montana—and how NCA helps them help kids every day. Read on.
"My therapist, whom I began seeing when I was pregnant, told me that the intrusive thoughts were a manifestation of my fear of becoming abusive, too. 'You have them because you’re scared of hurting your baby, not because you want to,' she said."
Survivors are often the most powerful advocates for kids going through the same experiences. Read Barbara's powerful story out of Virginia.
It's kids' job to be kids. It's our job to protect them. Check out this beautiful, empowering PSA from our friends at Hawaii State Chapter of Children's Justice Centers and learn what you can do to learn the signs of abuse and be the one to protect them.
Great news from Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas! All 100 House members and all 35 Senate members sponsored a resolution to make April 11 Children’s Advocacy Center Day in the Natural State! They cannot think of another time where all members signed a resolution. The governor will sign the resolution on Tuesday.
The Governor’s Mansion will be lit in blue the month of April for child abuse awareness.
One orthodox rabbi found the courage to come forward about his abuse years later. Now it's causing a worldwide faith community to evaluate its response to child abuse. Rabbi Avremi Zippel visited NCA to meet with leaders in Washington as he uses his voice to protect children.
CACs help the community provide hope and healing to kids. Sometimes, that healing is so meaningful, the kids who were once helped by CACs grow up to work there helping kids who need them today. Read Julie's story now.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first step to prevention is having difficult conversations. Join us in the SHINE Campaign, where we will work with CACs, advocates, and survivors around the nation to make the difficult conversations easier.
Follow us here on Facebook, on IG at @whyweshine, and at SHINECampaign.org.
The clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, and in many institutions, isn't as clear as it was in 2002, when the answer was to dismantle the system that protected abusers. Now, members of faith communities have begun to debate why clergy commit sexual abuse. Some theologians believe the cause is simply rooted in power.
Our friend Jenna Quinn "Jenna's Law" shared her #SHINE story of faith, hope, and triumph. It's a powerful message to those who have suffered abuse in faith communities that hope lives on.
Statutes of limitations may deny justice to individual survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, but state attorneys general are getting creative about how to hold institutions accountable.
In the end, the only way to be sure CACs are serving families effectively is to listen to them. Here's how we make sure we're hearing what they have to say.
The road to justice is long and often impossible for adult survivors of child abuse—especially when institutions where abuse happens have had a hand in shaping the law. Some 23 states still have criminal statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse, while 41 have statutes of limitations against seeking civil penalties.
Why do the accusations come years later, and what does it take to prosecute a case?