Like all close-knit communities, faith groups of any creed can become magnets for child sexual abusers who may exploit a community's instincts for self-protection and mistrust of the broader society. Learn more about the ongoing scandal rocking Jehovah's Witnesses leadership at New York's Watchtower Society.
As winter storms hit the nation's South last week, researchers at the University of Georgia pointed out that traumatic childhood experiences might contribute to the store shelves shoppers often find empty before the storm.
A small victory against a service that helps traffickers sell children for sex. But in the larger war, other online services can simply move in and fill the void. It's time to shut all these sites down.
(Note: This story contains graphic details of physical and sexual assault against children.)
In this month's NCA newsletter, we explore the year ahead as we raise the bar for services we offer child victims of abuse, take the first complete look at the CAC movement, highlight the work of members securing the resources they need to serve kids in the Mountain West, and thank our supporters for helping us reach our goal! Read to see more.
For children that live on military bases, intervention before and after child abuse often comes too late. While statistics show that child abuse happens less frequently among military families than among the total population, the often opaque response from command and a reluctance to involve civilian authorities can put children in danger. CACs are working with base authorities across the country to ensure military children and families get the help they need.
From the White House and the Governor's Mansion to the courts where she now fights for the rights of children, this California advocate reminds us that healing childhood trauma is a public health issue that knows no partisan lines.
Childhood trauma like abuse can lead to toxic stress that can contribute to obesity and other health problems. A research brief from Michigan State University explores the connections among childhood trauma, nutrition, and health, as they extend programs to Michigan communities to serve children and families through a trauma-informed lens.
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"Those who had been abused were 70% more likely to have long-term illnesses and to not own their homes by the age of 50 than those who had not."
The trauma of abuse may have lifelong effects, even on the standard of living of its victims. However, the evidence-based treatments offered by Children's Advocacy Centers can help to reverse the effects of trauma, especially when treated early.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch joined U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) to visit our member Children's Advocacy Center in Wilmington, De., today to highlight the center's great work in serving Delaware's child victims of abuse. Sen. Coons has been a strong advocate for CACs in Delaware and across the country.
Children's Advocacy Centers don't just work to heal children after abuse. We work to heal the adults those children become. This new study shows the trauma of childhood sexual abuse continues to destroy families and lives long into middle age. But the trauma treatments our centers offer give children and families hope for a better future.
How do Children's Advocacy Centers find the support they need to serve more than 300,000 children each year? How much does it cost? Why does your support for this crucial movement matter? Read our brand-new Snapshot 2017 report, the most complete look at the CAC movement ever taken.
"Some might ask why I support the CAC movement when I’m not directly affected by it. For me, it’s very simple: it’s appalling that so many children in the U.S. never have the help they need after abuse to lead a happy childhood and thrive in adulthood. And like you, I can do something about it."
Read Henry's story, and learn why supporters like you are the lifeblood of the CACs that help kids heal, live now on the NCA blog.
In Britain, more than 350 individuals have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse committed by people in positions of authority in soccer organizations and now police agencies—two of the most respected pillars of British society. This echoes U.S. gymnasts' allegations earlier this year of childhood sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics, reminding authorities and parents of the dangers of institutional abuse.
Some would call Katya Estes a survivor. She prefers "warrior." For her, taking the stand to testify against the grandfather who sexually abused her was like the final battle of a long and terrible war—but she emerged triumphant, scars and all. Read her message of empathy and strength to others who have stood on that battlefield.
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Indiana is one of 18 states where all residents must report suspected child abuse. Now, cases have doubled. Is it due to more reporting, or to a rise in abuse rooted in a drug and mental health crisis? No matter which, here's how NCA member Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers is helping Indiana kids heal.
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Acclaimed classical pianist Deondra Brown performs before audiences across the globe with her four brothers and sisters. Their love for each other belies a tragic family history. Today, as Deondra fights for other sexual abuse survivors, she pens a letter of thanks to the professionals who help child victims of abuse, and to anyone who speaks up for the voiceless.
Learn about how ACEs affect the brain of a child: the bad news, the good news, and the better news about what you can do to help improve the lifelong mental, physical, and behavioral outcomes of children across the country.
The toxic stress of child abuse and neglect doesn't just change a child's behavior—it can literally change the structure of the brain, preventing learning, causing behavior problems, and leading to poor health outcomes. It can even kill. CACs work to heal the damage of trauma before it becomes permanent.
Virtually every state has laws requiring so-called "mandated reporters"—professionals like teachers, doctors, or police who work with children or whose job requires public trust—to report suspected child abuse to authorities. But just mandating it isn't enough. Advocates like Missouri KidsFirst are working with state authorities to train mandated reporters on how to stop tragedy.
For abused children and their families, getting a referral for the mental health services they need to heal and actually receiving treatment are two separate things. CAC therapist Jennifer Redding draws from her decades of experience treating kids for ideas to overcome stigma and other barriers to treatment.
Military families long had an incidence of child abuse at a rate far lower than the national average. That's climbed in an era of war and deployment. The stressors of long deployments, combat-related stress, financial woes, and frequent moves can contribute to the risk of child abuse. Now there's help for veteran and active-duty families to identify and deal with the stresses they face before they become a problem.
“Too often, teachers and school leaders respond to misbehavior by asking, ‘What’s wrong with you?,’ when instead they should be asking, ‘What happened to you?’ ”
That's from a new report from the Public School Forum of North Carolina, adding to the nationwide chorus of educational leaders beginning to consider children's trauma history—in addition to factors like race and poverty—in helping give children the educational tools they need.