In a recent College GameDay segment on University of Alabama football star Tua Tagovailoa, commentators credited Tua's on-field success with his father's use of a belt as a weapon to punish him when he fell short. Our friend John Bout of Children's Advocacy Center of Lawrence County, Inc. writes that this is tantamount to encouraging fathers to physically abuse their sons to achieve. ESPN missed the mark, and we hope advocates everywhere take the opportunity to point out that it doesn't take abuse to achieve success in sports and life.
Lost in the scandal of destroyed rape kits is the fact that so many were collected from assaulted children. There is no excuse for destroying evidence, allowing an abuser to go free. What will it take for these children to get the justice they deserve?
Often, the hardest part of doing the right thing is facing your own community. But it's still the right thing.
"Addiction is not in itself the problem but rather an attempt to solve a problem." One author and physician believes this problem is often past trauma. CACs know that when abused kids come to us with substance abuse issues, 57% stop abusing drugs or alcohol after receiving the trauma treatments we provide.
The Pennsylvania grand jury report outlining decades of abuse in the Catholic Church was a tipping point: 14 states have filed suit, and now a federal case is pending. But justice may be long in the offing.
#GivingTuesday is here! Facebook will match your gift starting at 8:00 a.m. EST, so be sure to make your gift right at 8:00 to double your impact. Donate through this post, or visit our page and click the blue "Donate" button at the top right. Match funds are limited!
#GivingTuesday is almost here! Facebook will match your gift starting at 8:00 a.m. EST Tuesday morning, so be sure to make your gift right at 8:00 a.m. to double your impact. Donate through this post, or visit our page and click the blue "Donate" button at the top right. Match funds are limited! Make sure you donate first thing so we can make the most out of the match for kids.
While you're snagging Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals...what do you want for your gift? One idea: set up a Facebook Fundraiser for NCA that helps kids go back to being kids, and ask your friends and family for donations in lieu of gifts. Visit our Facebook Fundraisers page and learn how to set your own fundraising goal to benefit NCA and the kids our network serves. https://fb.com/fund/NationalChildrensAlliance/
From our family to yours, enjoy a safe, healthy, and memorable Thanksgiving.
November 19 is the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. See stats and prevention resources from our partners at the American Psychological Association.
Our Teresa Huizar joined filmmaker Michelle Esrick and SNL star Darrell Hammond on the red carpet this week at DOC NYC for the premiere of Cracked Up, a new doc about Darrell's life as a child abuse victim, a comedian, an addict, and a survivor in recovery. Learn more at www.crackedupmovie.com
Short answer: Yes. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests “it might be more effective to approach trauma as a public health crisis than to limit treatment to individuals.”
Today, NCA teamed up with Maryland CAC leaders to show our Department of Justice grant managers the great things that happen in our child-focused settings. Three leaders from NCA joined Adam from Baltimore Child Abuse Center and Susan from The Maryland Children's Alliance to meet with our partners from DOJ in Baltimore. Together, they discussed how federal support for CACs helps kids and shook paws with Manny the Facility Dog.
Though the national news cycle has moved on, Florida's Gulf Coast is still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Michael. Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, our member in Panama City, FL, is raising funds toward insurance deductibles and safe housing for staff. If you can support or share their fundraiser, you can help keep the children of the Emerald Coast safe and healthy as the area rebuilds.
NCA helps military families, installations, and communities to connect with their local Children's Advocacy Centers and that heal kids after abuse. If you're in the military and know of or suspect child abuse, here's how to report it, and what to expect after you do.
Adult survivors like Aly Raisman can't undo their abuse, or forget it. But they can train, organize, and fight to stop abuse and protect children now.
Cases where children harm other children are common, and are no less traumatic for the victim. But, with proper treatment, 98% of kids with problem behaviors never go on to harm another child again. Here's how to address it if your child is accused of hurting another child—or if your child has been hurt by another.
While the trauma of child abuse starts in the minds of victims, the science is beginning to show that trauma's effects certainly aren't "all in your head." A new study suggests that trauma can even leave lasting molecular "scars" in a victim's DNA.
In a time when trauma has come to the forefront of the public discussion in America, many struggle to find affordable mental health services. That's why CACs strive to provide mental health care affordably or free at the point of service for all children who need treatment.
BREAKING: The U.S. Justice Department has issued subpoenas related to the decades of reported institutional child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses, taking the case federal.
See the latest data on how we know our network of 854 CACs provides children and families with healing, justice, & trust.
In a given year, between 20-25% of all the cases CACs serve involve a young person acting out sexually or sexually abusing another child. What does the research say about sexual assault among adolescents?
We were thrilled to meet with SNL star Darrell Hammond and filmmaker Michelle Esrick here in DC this week. Michelle's new film explores Darrell's story of trauma, healing, and art, and features Darrell's visit to a Texas CAC as part of his mission to support child victims.
SNL star Darrell Hammond always had an eye for impressions of Washington luminaries, including Bill Clinton, Gore, and Trump. This week he visited the nation's capital to meet with Congressional and NCA leaders to talk about his own story of childhood trauma, healing, and art, and how it's led him to support child victims today.
After the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, an investigation into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been opened in neighboring Maryland, the latest frontier in the growing institutional scandal.