What do you know about sextortion? It's a new form of online abuse and it puts kids at risk. See new research from Thorn and the UNH Crimes Against Children Research Center.
A growing body of research links traumatic adverse childhood experiences like child abuse with food addiction, obesity, and the bad health outcomes associated with obesity.
A new Missouri law, just signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, expands the types of crimes against children that require registration on the state's child abuse registry and provides additional protections for children age three or younger that are suspected of being at risk for abuse.
A new study of 10,000 U.S. teens shows a connection between childhood traumas like abuse and later drug use as adolescents.
Many Children's Advocacy Centers use therapy and facility dogs, not just to help special-needs kids but also for emotional support and help for all kinds of child victims of abuse. Meet Fancy, the newest staff member at an accredited NCA member CAC in southwestern Oregon.
It's time to intervene. With our new tool, Children's Advocacy Center leaders have a new resource to join as we build a united response to sexually exploited children. Unify our response, improve the system, and heal the hurt of commercial sexual exploitation with this new video series and online resource at CSEC-Response.org.
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One way to look at the need for Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) to support child victims of abuse is to see the immediate impact one has on its community when it finally opens. The new CAC in Greenfield, Mass., has already served 39 children since it opened in February.
Before the CAC opened, children needed parents to take them to a different county to disclose abuse to a forensic interviewer, then yet another county to receive the medical or mental health services they needed to heal. Now they have a center that coordinates the response to their abuse right in the heart of this Western Mass. county.
One Minnesota county is on a mission to solve the biggest social problems for the future by addressing the trauma its children face now.
After a youth programs director was arraigned yesterday in Pennsylvania on charges of failing to report a 2014 case of child abuse at his facility, state authorities are taking the opportunity to remind residents of who has a legal responsibility—and why we all have a moral responsibility—to report abuse.
In 18 states, all residents are legally required to report suspected child abuse. Is yours one?
This week, 37 members of Congress led by Reps. Ann Wagner, Ted Poe, Carolyn Maloney, and Joyce Beatty called on the Department of Justice to fully implement the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act on its one-year anniversary.
We're live this morning at a Capitol Hill press conference detailing the need for DOJ to act. Read the letter to AG Loretta Lynch and urge your representatives to add their voice to this effort. #EnforceJTVA
We've been given an honorable mention as one of the top three Washington-area nonprofits for innovative management practices! Join us tomorrow on Twitter at 10:00 a.m. Eastern at #AIM16 as we join with two other nonprofits to share what makes us tick.
Native children already face staggering economic, social, and public health challenges. Now many fall victim to a crisis of sex trafficking fueled by addiction and grinding poverty. NCA is partnering with tribal communities and national organizations representing them to reach Native kids and disrupt the systems of trafficking and abuse.
NCA's DC-based staff spent the morning volunteering at DC Central Kitchen, an organization committed to addressing the root causes of hunger through serving 5,000 meals each day to the city's neediest residents. We washed and prepared salads, chopped veggies, and pulled lamb for a savory stew, all with food donated by local businesses.
Senators from Virginia and Minnesota have co-sponsored legislation that would provide for training to help flight attendants spot human trafficking and intervene when they suspect a passenger may be a victim. The largest flight attendants' union supports the bill, pledging its members will serve as "boots in the air" to stop the horrific practice.
The scope of a child sexual abuse epidemic at elite private schools expands, demonstrating once again that no amount of prestige keeps children safe, and that there are no class boundaries to the need to protect them.
A British charity investigating Internet crimes against children have discovered that criminals sharing illegal images of child sexual abuse have taken to hiding them in plain sight—through secret pathways of links on legal adult sites.
UCLA's Luskin Center has issued a sweeping report on the epidemic of child sex trafficking, including strong recommendations on how to end it. The UCLA team recommends measures to create a national law enforcement database to share case information across jurisdictions, to better utilize social platforms to help victims get out and survivors heal, and to provide better economic opportunities and rehabilitative services for survivors.
Advocates in New York, Illinois, and other states are pushing for the repeal on statutes of limitations on sex crimes, opening up criminal liability for those who have sexually abused children even decades later.
A bill endorsed by the New Jersey Children's Alliance and introduced by state Senate President Steve Sweeney would fund CACs in the Garden State to the tune of $10 million, with the goal to provide universal CAC coverage for all New Jersey children victimized by abuse. If it passes the legislature, it's on to Governor Chris Christie's desk for signature.
Do you know what a forensic interview is? If you work at a CAC, you know it's a core part of our work. If not, learn from a forensic interviewer how her work makes child abuse investigations easier on kids at the center of them and more effective at bringing abusers to justice.
Another installment from The News Leader of Staunton, Va's., landmark "PREY" series on the how the nationwide scourge of childhood sexual abuse is affecting Virginia's children and what can be done. The story finds that nearly two-thirds of suspected abuse cases in the Commonwealth result in no punishment for the alleged abuser.
"The issues stem from staffing at the prosecutor’s office and Child Protective Services, the culture of Virginia that inclines many jurists to doubt children’s accounts and the difficulty of getting testimony into court, say social workers and advocates."
Our Annual Report is out now! See where we've been, where we're headed, how we're measuring it, and how NCA supports the 795 CACs across the country that help kids who have been abused.
Wow! As an exclamation point to April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just demonstrated their commitment to preventing and healing the trauma of child abuse with a $100,000 gift to NCA! The church also made a $25,000 gift to the Utah Attorney General's Office Children's Justice Center (CJC) Program, one of our oldest and most active state chapters with 22 member centers.