Our friends at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County in Virginia took the SHINE message to their local government, and got the month of April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Fairfax, just as it is around the country. Read this great piece—just one example of supporters showing up to SHINE for survivors in communities around the country.
Our new Annual Report is out now. Read stories from real heroes for children, from the balmy Mississippi Delta to the windswept River Country of Montana—and how NCA helps them help kids every day. Read on.
"My therapist, whom I began seeing when I was pregnant, told me that the intrusive thoughts were a manifestation of my fear of becoming abusive, too. 'You have them because you’re scared of hurting your baby, not because you want to,' she said."
Survivors are often the most powerful advocates for kids going through the same experiences. Read Barbara's powerful story out of Virginia.
It's kids' job to be kids. It's our job to protect them. Check out this beautiful, empowering PSA from our friends at Hawaii State Chapter of Children's Justice Centers and learn what you can do to learn the signs of abuse and be the one to protect them.
Great news from Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas! All 100 House members and all 35 Senate members sponsored a resolution to make April 11 Children’s Advocacy Center Day in the Natural State! They cannot think of another time where all members signed a resolution. The governor will sign the resolution on Tuesday.
The Governor’s Mansion will be lit in blue the month of April for child abuse awareness.
One orthodox rabbi found the courage to come forward about his abuse years later. Now it's causing a worldwide faith community to evaluate its response to child abuse. Rabbi Avremi Zippel visited NCA to meet with leaders in Washington as he uses his voice to protect children.
CACs help the community provide hope and healing to kids. Sometimes, that healing is so meaningful, the kids who were once helped by CACs grow up to work there helping kids who need them today. Read Julie's story now.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first step to prevention is having difficult conversations. Join us in the SHINE Campaign, where we will work with CACs, advocates, and survivors around the nation to make the difficult conversations easier.
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The clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, and in many institutions, isn't as clear as it was in 2002, when the answer was to dismantle the system that protected abusers. Now, members of faith communities have begun to debate why clergy commit sexual abuse. Some theologians believe the cause is simply rooted in power.
Our friend Jenna Quinn "Jenna's Law" shared her #SHINE story of faith, hope, and triumph. It's a powerful message to those who have suffered abuse in faith communities that hope lives on.
Statutes of limitations may deny justice to individual survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, but state attorneys general are getting creative about how to hold institutions accountable.
In the end, the only way to be sure CACs are serving families effectively is to listen to them. Here's how we make sure we're hearing what they have to say.
The road to justice is long and often impossible for adult survivors of child abuse—especially when institutions where abuse happens have had a hand in shaping the law. Some 23 states still have criminal statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse, while 41 have statutes of limitations against seeking civil penalties.
Why do the accusations come years later, and what does it take to prosecute a case?
So often when a cultural icon is credibly accused of sexually assaulting children, we focus on the conflict fans feel, whether we can enjoy the art they made, and who's making excuses for them. Instead, here are five lessons from #LeavingNeverland to help keep the focus on protecting our children.
"In some ways, legislative advocacy is like toilet paper: You don’t really think about it until it’s absolutely necessary."
Trauma even affects the SVU detectives who serve victims of sexual violence. But that trauma, once healed, can help provide an important lens to understand the needs of child victims. Read Kevin's SHINE story.
"In this case, when you have women that are held under coercion and forced to have repeated sexual encounters with men throughout the day, for a man to go in there - and I believe in my heart of hearts that they know these women are trafficked - I think they are the monsters.
"[T]he person with the key [to free trafficked women] is not the trafficker. It's the men who go into these parlors and avail themselves of this human misery. In the three groups we have - the women, the traffickers and the men - I believe the men are the most guilty."
Bishops just convened in Rome to address the global child abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Here's an early take on concrete actions in U.S. dioceses that may come out of the bishops' conference, and progress in the global church toward adopting the same zero-tolerance policy toward child sexual abuse that church leaders in the U.S. adopted in 2002.
Breaking: Singer R. Kelly charged with sexual abuse in Chicago, following allegations made in a documentary last month and new accusations from alleged victims this week, stemming from incidents when the accusers were then children.
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."