Children are exploited in communities throughout the country, and not only in the obvious places. While Los Angeles law enforcement agencies freed eight children in a sweep to rescue sex-trafficking victims, an even larger effort announced yesterday broke a major international sex trafficking ring in California's San Gabriel Valley, releasing 28 victims trafficked from the city lights of San Diego to Fresno in the heart of California's farming communities.
The trauma of abuse goes beyond pain. Researchers have found links between childhood abuse and early death in women.
The work of CACs healing the lives of children and families goes on long after the abuse investigation and even the therapy has ended. Read about the great work of Wynona's House Child Advocacy Center in Newark, N.J., helping kids get back to school by providing school supply-filled backpacks for families connected to the center.
Just hours before the Olympic torch is lit in Rio, tragic news from USA Gymnastics serves as a stark reminder of the human cost when a youth-serving organization fails to report abuse within its ranks.
Our member Children's Advocacy Centers collect over 50,000 surveys every year from the caregivers of children they serve and members of the teams that provide those children and families with healing, justice, and trust to overcome the abuse they suffered. Learn more about how CACs use this OMS data to prove, and improve, their work.
The popularity of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has sparked public interest in the fates of female inmates at a time when the incarceration of women and girls has climbed—but not as a result of increased criminal activity or violence. In fact, many girls end up in the juvenile-justice system for behaviors linked to sexual abuse, suffering further trauma within the system, and often ending up in prison.
As many Americans prepare to head out for summer vacations on the nation's highways, it bears repeating that America's of open roads and truck stops are also a network for the sexual exploitation of children. Yet truckers are organizing to fight back against traffickers, helping keep an eye out to identify possible trafficking victims and posting information to help them escape their abusers.
In a state where reporting suspected child abuse is the law for everyone, do residents know their legal responsibilities? What are the barriers to getting more members of the public and child-serving professionals to report child abuse—even those legally required to do so? What can states and agencies do to increase reporting of suspected abuse cases? New research from UNH and NCA aims to answer these questions.
A new study in Nepal by Duke University researchers found that resiliency in children can reduce some genetic effects of trauma, but underscores that chronic trauma like child abuse can result in genetic changes, even resulting in damaging inflammatory responses and harming the immune system's ability to respond to disease.
The late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, passed away tragically young at 46 just over a year ago. But his legacy of working across the First State to prevent child sexual abuse lives on. His namesake foundation set a goal to educate 35,000 Delaware residents to prevent child sexual abuse, and at 20,000 graduates from the program, they're more than halfway to their ambitious goal.
Science shows that kids who have experienced child abuse and other trauma learn differently, suffer from behavior problems, and generally may need more help in school than kids who haven't. So what can schools do to help child victims of abuse learn? Among other things, a little kindness and understanding of what they've been through can go a long way.
A forensic interviewer is an indispensable member of the team at a Children's Advocacy Center that helps kids after abuse. So what exactly do they do? Read this story from our friends at West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and see what it means to help children talk about the worst thing that may have ever happened to them—and to start healing.
Ever wondered about how professionals help children and families heal from physical and emotional abuse? Or how therapists can help families get back on track before physical abuse starts? Learn more about AF-CBT, a specialized intervention offered by many Children's Advocacy Centers that helps caregivers and their children master their relationship.
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
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