The cost of abuse isn't just emotional. Because of depression, anxiety, health problems, and substance use disorders that victims of child abuse can experience, trauma can cost literally millions and leave survivors financially struggling.
"[T]he first major study to focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) was limited to a single healthcare system in San Diego. Now a new study — the largest nationally representative study to date on ACEs — confirms that these experiences are universal, yet highlights some disparities among socioeconomic groups."
Many adult survivors of child sexual abuse find themselves piecing together their trauma—finally understanding that what happened to them was a crime. Here's what statutes of limitations mean for them.
Here are shareable images from our new "Healing the Future" resource highlighting the costs of childhood trauma and the real healing impact of mental health treatments CACs provide to kids. Thanks to National Child Traumatic Stress Network for their data and help developing this piece!
Find the full brief and more at http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/our-work/healing-the-future/
Together, our networks provides mental health services or referrals to more than 200,000 children each year. Here’s why it's necessary—and the science that shows it works—in a new brief and data images that you can use and share.
NCA has long believed that statute of limitation reform is necessary to ensure that no sexual abuse victim is denied justice. And, clergy, like other professionals, should have to report suspected abuse, without exception.
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is not just an Olympic gold medalist. She's also a survivor. As one of the most prominent of the "Sister Survivors"—the community of gymnasts sexually abused as children by team doctor Larry Nassar—she supported her sisters with her symbolic uniform last week.
Predators often gain access to children through serving in a trusted profession: as a doctor, a coach, or a priest. Should we view all such pillars of the community with suspicion? NCA comments on this story with guidance on how to navigate difficult conversations to protect your child without losing your trust in those in youth-serving roles.
The fire ignited in Pennsylvania last week may be spreading to Missouri. Yet this time, the St. Louis Archdiocese has handed over to the state attorney general documentation on priests accused of sexual abuse. Advocates for children and survivors welcome this move in the direction of transparency, and hope to see more Catholic dioceses—and all communities of faith—cooperate with investigators to protect children.
Trauma has so many aftereffects. Some include pain that's difficult to see. Many female veterans with fibromyalgia share one other thing in common: the trauma of child abuse. CACs serve victims to heal the scars of trauma and avoid so many different kinds of damage—perhaps even fibromyalgia.
Institutions may have improved the speed with which they begin to answer the usual questions when abuse allegations break. Yet in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, it's clear they're often the wrong questions to ask. Teresa Huizar shared her thoughts in the Philadelphia Inquirer on how institutions can only save their reputations by doing what's right—putting victims' needs first.
NCA's Thriving Kids Initiative is working to heal child victims from the trauma of abuse nationwide. In Utah and Idaho, we're grateful to work with Cambia Health Foundation and our state chapters to train therapists in a new treatment model designed to help kids quickly right after they disclose abuse—in the short window of time when treatment does the most good. Learn more about our project with Cambia on their blog.
Bravo, Chris Cuomo. The Pennsylvania victims—and child abuse survivors everywhere—deserve an end to statutes of limitations. #LetsGetAfterIt
More than 300 Pennsylvania priests were named in a grand jury report this week, detailing evidence of sexual abuse against more than 1,000 children. The scope of the scandal is shocking, yet there is hope for change: the judge on the case overruled legal challenges from priests to keep their names out of the report, suggesting a possible shift in a state with a tragic history of institutional abuse.
Advocates for children should be cheered by proposed changes at the Southern Baptist Convention—and at religious and academic institutions generally—to address abusers within the ranks. But it's not time to celebrate. See Teresa Huizar's letter to the editor on what's really behind rampant institutional abuse.
How can you help trafficked and exploited children—especially when they're hidden in plain sight? See these new campaign and learning materials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and learn how to look beneath the surface. #EndTrafficking
Trauma can be generational, but so can healing. The mental health services CACs offer to hundreds of thousands of kids each year matter not only to those children, but also to future generations.
Last night, ESPN honored more than 140 'Sister Survivors' of sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics doctor, with its Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Decades of abuse went unpunished, report after report ignored or silenced. Yet, these brave women and girls stood firm in the truth, ultimately sparing countless child athletes the trauma of abuse and the agony of denial.
Thirteen years ago today, America lost a five-year-old girl on a military base in Hawaii. Her name was Talia. Today, her memory lives through a law bearing her name that protects military children like her. Our own Cpt. Laura Hatcher remembers Talia and shines a light on the powerful legacy of her brief life.
Amazon Prime Day is Monday, July 16. Want to support kids while getting deals? Sign up for AmazonSmile and designate National Children's Alliance as your charity of choice, and a portion of your sale will go to NCA. Here's how to sign up.
Many of our member CACs, like Weiss Child Advocacy Center in Flint, MI, use therapy dogs or facility dogs to provide a calming presence and meet the needs of children that come through the doors. Daphne, the black lab serving kids at Weiss, just turned two. Happy birthday, Daphne!
Following the science helps us provide more kids with more effective trauma treatments, helping them not just to survive, but thrive! We're excited to work with our partners at the Utah Attorney General's Office Children's Justice Center program, Cambia Health Solutions Foundation, the Yale Child Study Center, and our state Chapters and local CACs in western states to train clinicians in new tools that help kids.
In case you weren't able to join us for the 2018 Leadership Conference, here are the great people and organizations we recognized with our 2018 Recognition Awards. Congrats to all our winners and the CACs they served and supported!
Here's coverage of Vice President Joe Biden's speech accepting our Champion for Children Award last week on behalf of his late son, Delaware AG Beau Biden. Both Bidens have undertaken significant work to protect children from abuse at the state and federal levels.