Institutional child sexual abuse is an epidemic. It's not confined to one sport, one faith community, or one country. We can all take steps to ensure children are safe and speak up when something's wrong, but the responsibility for changing the conditions that allow abuse to fester lay with the institutions in whose care we place our children.
Many brave survivors have shared their stories through our SHINE Campaign. But not every hero is a survivor. Sometimes, heroes are just like Bob: folks who do the right thing when they know something is wrong in the life of a child. Bob didn't just help a child. He helped all the children that child grew up to help. How will you be a hero today?
If you were in DC in June for our 2019 Leadership Conference, you had the chance to attend an advance screening of Cracked Up, the documentary about the life, childhood, and recovery of Saturday Night Live legend Darrell Hammond. Now, this moving, trauma-informed film gets a release date. Cracked Up hits theaters in New York and LA in September, with wider distribution to follow.
In the 20th century, America cut the prevalence of child sexual abuse from about a quarter of all kids to just one in ten. We did it by waging a war on ignorance and bringing the first dedicated services for victims. Yet today, rates remain stubborn. Professor Marci A. Hamilton offers a three-pronged approach to making this devastating childhood experience truly rare.
Yet another major institutional child sexual abuse scandal may be breaking, after a lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America was filed late Monday. Lawyers filed on behalf of nearly 800 clients who were abused while Scouts, with at least 350 named abusers not found in the Boy Scouts’ disciplinary files. The suit alleges that the U.S. scouting organization hasn’t done enough to vet volunteers and uncover sexual abuse.
New podcast episode up with Emily Putnam-Hornstein, a researcher in the field of predictive analytics—using data to predict child abuse. Some feared this new tool would worsen inequities in the child welfare system, but where agencies have started using it, something strange and wonderful happened: by limiting initial case information to "just the facts," predictive analytics actually reduced the effects of implicit bias.
Listen to the latest episode of our One in Ten podcast and learn more about the tools and their possibilities.
"[C]lergy members often look for ways to testify about crimes such as murder without invoking the clergy privilege, but when it comes to clergy child abuse, the clergy tended to interpret clergy privilege very broadly. That’s one reason why critics say the privilege has to end, at least when it comes to crimes against children."
Shocking flaws in American youth sports leadership allowed the Nasser era ever to happen. But now, a new bill to overhaul Olympic governance is a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Thanks to Senator Jerry Moran and Senator Richard Blumenthal for their bipartisan efforts to stop the next Nasser before they hurt a single child.
Erin's Law is now on the books in 37 states and counting. That's because our friend Erin Merryn shows no signs of slowing down. Check out this Chicago Tribune profile on Erin and the law's origins in Illinois, where she grew up.
We are so proud of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, our member CAC in Charleston, SC! Beautiful new building, and now they can serve twice as many children every year. Way to go, Dee Norton team!
On our latest One in Ten episode, Teresa sat down with SNL legend Darrell Hammond and award-winning filmmaker Michelle Esrick about their new documentary we screened in DC last month. It's called Cracked Up, and it's an emotionally arresting, trauma-informed look at the lifelong consequences when we fail to protect a child.
Trafficked children are victims, not prostitutes. That's why Hawai'i became the first state in the nation to require that people—including exploited children—victimized by sex trafficking must have any related prostitution convictions expunged. The average age nationwide a person enters the sex trade is 13.
Check out our latest episode of NCA's One in Ten podcast. This time, Teresa interviews Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor of FrameWorks Institute on what messages move people to act to stop child abuse, and how we move beyond messaging about the harm and prevalence of abuse.
The FBI is responding to an increase in the rate of cases where kids are exploited using technology, including "sextortion" cases. Learn about sextortion and precautions you can take to help protect kids.
In the latest episode of One in Ten, Teresa talks with Mary Graw Leary, a former prosecutor and a professor at The Catholic University of America School of Law. Why does child sexual abuse seem to flourish in institutional settings? How can institutions prevent abuse? And when prevention fails, how must institutions respond?
"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.