It can be hard for men to tell their stories. Our first SHINE story from a male survivor comes from Jonah, one of the kindest people we've ever met, and a true example to other men.
ICYMI: Pope Francis kicked Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, out of the priesthood after the church found him guilty of sexually abusing children and adult parishioners. This is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for child sexual abuse.
If you missed out on your chance to submit a comment against the proposed changes to Title IX that would protect abusers and make it harder for kids assaulted in schools to pursue justice, today is your second chance. Tell the Department of Education what you think! #HandsOffTitleIX
"He was everything the community wanted, but didn't know about the devil inside him. People need to understand. They don't just groom the victim, they groom society."
So proud to have Erin Merryn in our movement! Like SHINE for stories of hope from survivors, and like the Erin's Law page for more info on the push to bring abuse prevention education to all 50 states.
Today's #SHINE story comes from one of our own. CACs help heal kids from the trauma of abuse. Yet many survivors who work in our relatively young and growing movement never had access to a CAC when they needed it as a child. For them, the healing comes from helping kids get healing and justice today—an age when most children have access to a CAC and we're expanding services every day.
Terrible revelations over the weekend of abuse within churches belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention. While these stories will come as no surprise to the brave voices of faith sounding the alarm within the #ChurchToo movement, this scandal lays bare the challenges for decentralized faith communities where abusers may be answerable to no one except their own congregations.
Once more for the people in the back: Children NEVER cause their own abuse. A judge in Kansas gave an abuser a lighter sentence because he disagreed, and our Teresa Huizar had something to say about it in this Buzzfeed story.
A Children's Advocacy Center once gave our friend Melanie the hope she never thought she'd find. Now she chooses to #SHINE in her community an advocate for kids at her local CAC. See our new campaign at SHINE, read stories of hope from adult survivors, and share your own.
Childhelp has run a child abuse hotline since 1982. The majority of people who call it to report abuse adults. But when it informally tested a text-based reporting service, more than 80 percent of those using it were under 18.
Today is Safer Internet Day around the world. See the site for resources including educational materials, child-friendly activities, an internet safety plan, and more.
Many of the front-line workers fighting child abuse and trafficking are ordinary community members. Nurses, flight attendants, dental hygienists, and truckers have started campaigns, taken courses, and organized curricula on how to spot the signs of abuse and trafficking. Check in with your employer, union, or professional organization on how you can help kids you encounter every day.
Today from SHINE: Terrae's story
Our new campaign page, SHINE, will be sharing photos, stories, and pledges of support from survivors. Together, we can transform the conversation about child abuse, bring survivors out of the shadows, and build a universe of support for victims and survivors.
This first story comes to us from our friend Olga in New Jersey. Read her story, follow our new SHINE Campaign page, and follow us on Instagram @whyweshine for more stories from survivors who have triumphed.
At a time when child sex abuse scandals are rocking churches across the country, many states are re-examining laws that require many professionals to report suspected child abuse—often not including clergy.
CACs provide mental health services to more than 200,000 children each year, but how can we reach the ones in remote areas or with transportation or scheduling challenges? Read about this innovative new tele-health project in South Carolina.
Law enforcement agencies and nonprofits are already working to stop technology-enabled child abuse. Yet so much trafficking activity happens on or through private-sector tech platforms. Here's how Google is helping by offering up some of its brightest minds to stamp out internet crimes against children.
More than 160 supporters gave to our year-end appeal and helped us help kids. Here are all the ways you helped in 2018, and all the ways you can help us support kids in 2019.
Sexual abuse isn't rare. It's everywhere. Learn more about the prevalence of this crisis—and how CACs are helping to heal its effects—from Our Kids, the CAC in Nashville.
Not every CAC professional walks on two legs. Read Michele's story about Pecos the Facility Dog, who serves kids in Virginia at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County.
Not everything is shut down in Washington. With the help of our champions in Congress, the bipartisan Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018—the only dedicated source of federal funding for CACs—was signed into law by President Trump yesterday.
Thanks to Senator Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Jim Costa, retired Representative Ted Poe, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Representative Martha Roby, and Rep. Debbie Dingell—and all of our partners in helping us secure this critical support for our movement and for America's children.
While proposed changes to Title IX rules have been framed as a way to protect boys and men from false accusations, NCA's Blake Warenik writes that boys and men are far more likely to be victimized by sexual violence in schools, and that the proposed rules would take away many protections they currently have.
Mandated reporter laws require people in certain job roles to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities. Now, in the wake of church sexual abuse scandals, lawmakers in Virginia and Washington, D.C., are on the verge of adding clergy to the list of mandated reporters.
Our offices are closed today for the holiday. Thanks for supporting kids in 2018, here's to an even brighter 2019!
A new law sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey is on the books, requiring lasting justice for victims of abusive images, or what has been called child pornography. These images can harm victims throughout their lives, and now there's a federal law that literally makes abusers pay. Our Teresa Huizar comments on this story.