In a new photo essay, Urban Institute tells powerful stories of the connections between the services families need and outcomes for children. Children's Advocacy Centers often strive to connect families with agencies and nonprofits that provide supportive housing and other "wraparound" services, leading to better lifelong outcomes.
Across the nation this April, advocates for children are taking their message to the public and to legislators: This Child Abuse Prevention Month, take meaningful steps to stop child abuse and heal the children traumatized by it.
Have you seen blue pinwheels this month? Many of our member Children's Advocacy Centers around the country use them to raise awareness of and funds to combat child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Share a photo of your community's pinwheels in the comments!
Even in the heartland, near where the first CAC was built, the devastating consequences of child pornography and exploitation are making deadlines. As NCA works on new resources to help child victims of exploitation, read what communities in Alabama and Georgia are already doing to serve them.
This National Child Abuse Prevention Month, give some thought to adults still reeling from the trauma of child abuse suffered years ago. We can still do so much through Children's Advocacy Centers to build the happy, whole adults of tomorrow.
Fabio serves abused children and victimized families every day at our member CAC Safe Horizon in the Bronx. What drives him to serve? It's his own haunting memories of abuse at the hands of another child, as he shares in this heartbreaking speech from last week.
Once leaders learn how a Children's Advocacy Center helps children after abuse, the question invariably becomes: how do we build this crucial service into a movement? Ten years on, West Virginia Child Advocacy Network provides an answer.
"When adults in any community work together to ensure that all children grow up in safe, nurturing environments, we build strong foundations that give them the confidence needed to work toward successful futures that will also benefit our entire state."
April is honored across the land as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read up on what you can do as a CAC leader or an ordinary supporter to prevent, stop, and heal the trauma of child abuse.
Childhood trauma can affect children long into adulthood. Researchers found that women who suffered multiple childhood traumas like abuse suffer a higher risk of depression decades later, even into the years leading up to menopause. Fortunately, Children's Advocacy Centers provide trauma healing to children, which can erase some of the damage of abuse.
Tune in now to watch the Senate hearing on "Protecting Young Athletes From Sexual Abuse," new legislation supported by NCA. Olympic champions including gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu—and other supporters—will take the stand to discuss this powerful step Congress can take to protect child athletes at all levels from sexual abusers.
Crime in New York City is down. But not domestic violence. The data led the city to try to stop domestic violence when it starts—in the teen years. Read about the city's efforts to address dating abuse, a pernicious form of abuse that affects one-in-three adolescents and may be hard for parents to track when it stays in the digital domain.
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Children's Advocacy Centers treat children who witness domestic violence the same as children who have suffered abuse—victims of severe, potentially life-altering trauma who can receive treatment to reduce its effects. This Canadian report explores the connections between childhood witness-to-violence and social problems, including homelessness, substance abuse, and even echoing the violence they experienced in their own relationships.
The evidence that childhood trauma like abuse causes lifelong problems for its victims continues to mount—this time, as a key risk factor driving America's opioid crisis. The good news? Evidence-based treatments for child trauma like those offered by Children's Advocacy Centers can heal and mitigate the damage of abuse on children as they grow into the adults of our future.
"The fact that there has been a concerted effort to undermine the real medicine behind abusive head trauma flies in the face of the search for justice. We must make sure that the truth prevails and that those who abuse our children are held accountable."
Amid the ongoing USA Gymnastics child sexual abuse scandal we reported on yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would "make it a federal crime for Olympic national governing bodies to fail to promptly report child sexual abuse allegations to authorities." NCA is a proud supporter of this much-needed legislation.
“Sexual abuse” was the subject line of an email that landed in a USA Gymnastics inbox on Aug. 17, 2005, sounding an alarm: “We have another one!”
Major new revelations in the case of rampant child sexual abuse at USA Gymnastics have emerged after a newspaper successfully sued to unseal 5,600 pages of documents describing abuse episodes. Tomorrow, we tell how NCA is working with bipartisan leaders in Congress to protect child athletes.
Spring is a time of renewal for Children's Advocacy Centers. Read our March newsletter and see a wealth of training opportunities and inspiring stories from the field to sharpen your skills and renew your spirits.
It can be hard for authorities and service providers to know when child sexual abuse ends and adult sexual assault begins. Dr. Karen Farst, a renowned child abuse pediatrician, explains how viewing adolescent victims as children is a better fit for the brain development of teens and the common patterns of sexual abuse—and that means better outcomes for victims.
A Delaware pediatrician molested more than 1,200 children. He's in prison now, but the case reflects a troubling culture of sexual abuse and assault of both children and adults by doctors, and a society that protects them and even still allows them to practice. See this new series from the AJC.
This series contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse and assault.
A small city in Eastern Washington is transforming the lives of its students, simply by working to understand the things they've been through. Learn more about trauma-informed care in schools.
“Think about if you were watching a scary movie 24/7 — that’s exhausting. Your body is conditioned to respond that way, and therein lies a lot of the health issues we see.”
In Virginia, a school janitor pleads guilty to 150 child sexual abuse-related charges. Faculty and leadership saw plenty of red flags. Now the school board denies they are responsible to protect the children in their charge. Michelle Booth Cole of Safe Shores - The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center warns of the dangerous precedent of allowing school leaders to shirk their responsibility to protect children.
The scars child pornography leaves are often fundamentally different from those borne by victims of child sexual abuse alone. Illegal images of children traded around the world can now haunt victims for decades, reopening the wounds of abuse again and again.