So often, it takes many victims to line up against an abuser to convince authorities, employers, and the public that something is very wrong. Why do we refuse to believe the first one? NCA's Teresa Huizar takes on this question in her new HuffPost blog.
See the latest PSA from our friend Erin Merryn, creator of Erin's Law. She's fighting to give kids the tools they need to stop their abusers and reclaim their childhoods.
Spooky should be fun, but for many kids, their fears are all too real. Read how CACs are serving new areas where 1.2 million children live, and helping kids face those fears.
At our June Leadership Conference, Dr. Elizabeth LeTourneau delivered her message on how we can stop child sexual abuse by treating it not as an individual problem, but as a public health issue. Now her TEDMED Talk is live. Tune in and learn how this doctor says our society can prevent this traumatic experience.
At a time of year when hurricanes batter American shores, this piece explores the distinctive trauma wrought by the storms on the children who survive them, and what factors help those children succeed or fail to regain footing.
Shots from our tour of Chicago Children's Advocacy Center at this year's Urban Forum! Trevor from ChicagoCAC gave a tour to Blake from NCA, Andrew from Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center, Kori from Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center, and Winn from Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass. Amazing facility serving thousands of Chicago's children!
One policy can stop child sexual abuse in its tracks, right this second. Here's the evidence. The latest from our friend Erin Merryn, creator of Erin's Law, on NCA's CAC Voices Blog now.
Researchers say the behavioral issues that lead to an ADHD diagnosis may be hiding something darker.
The childhood trauma CACs help to heal affects so many different aspects of society. In one state, lawmakers are catching on and trying to address childhood trauma as the root cause of so many social ills by forming a legislative working group specifically to help stem the tide of trauma.
There's a surprising reason children's mental health should be top of mind this time of year. Learn why, and what NCA's doing with our partners and members to address it.
The opioid crisis is a growing factor in child maltreatment deaths nationwide. Strategies to address this growing public health issue must include urgent concern for the well-being of the children it affects.
Thousands of families in Texas are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey—even as the aid pours in, so do the floodwaters. For children, natural disasters can be traumatic, just like child abuse. See these resources from National Child Traumatic Stress Network for parents, teachers, and community leaders on how to help children overcome the trauma of having their world washed away by the rains.
Baltimore is one of a number of American cities where agencies are learning to use trauma history—like a history of abuse—to serve children better and improve their lives.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center serves a huge number of child victims of abuse, as they have for years. But as the number of children CACs serves each year grows, not only do they need more resources—so do the law enforcement and CPS agencies they work with to provide healing and justice for kids. The future of our children depends on what we invest in them today.
NCA has received a generous award from Cambia Health Foundation to train clinicians in Utah and Idaho in a key mental health treatment model that heals kids and families after abuse. Learn more about our new project and other health-related grants from Cambia at their site.
A conversation between a reporter and a mental health services director in West Virginia illuminates the long-term effects of childhood trauma—like that experienced by child victims of abuse—and the services and trauma-informed care that can help them heal and succeed.
It takes a community to stop abuse—and that means people you may never even meet. A woman on a West Coast flight saved two kids from ongoing sexual abuse by the man seated next to her, and her quick actions serve as a reminder of our responsibility to act when we see something amiss.
This helpful graphic comes from Remembering Trauma, a new documentary and resource site that connects the dots between trauma and life outcomes for children. Visit the site and watch the film at www.rememberingtrauma.org.
Content warning: This film contains adult language and scenes with family violence and sexual assault.
It’s August—that time of year when the heat might wilt you, but even so there is an excitement brewing underneath. Learn more about opportunities CACs and community members have to keep school children safe and learning this year.
Prosecutors say a 2004 Supreme Court decision has made it harder to prosecute child abuse. That's part of why CACs offer courtroom training for victims and a collaborative model that helps prosecutors seek justice for kids.
Earlier this month, police in Germany shut down a site on the dark web called Elysium and arrested the ringleader. On Elysium, investigators discovered 87,000 members sharing images of heinous acts of child abuse and even making appointments to sexually abuse children.
An Erin's Law-mandated sexual abuse prevention session at an elementary school outside Chicago prompted a nine-year-old to disclose ongoing sexual abuse by her mother's boyfriend. That man is now behind bars for 40 years.
The Center for Investigative Reporting dives into law enforcement's shift away from treating exploited children like prostitutes, and toward providing them with the services they need to escape the cycle of exploitation. That audio starts at 42:19 in the link.
Will the trauma assessments of the future look more like...your online shopping cart? Scientists are in the early stages of plotting how machine learning can predict childhood PTSD, which may one day help those who help kids heal from abuse identify risk factors and treatments.
The former USA Gymnastics doctor who stands accused of sexually abusing more than 100 of his patients—including U.S. Olympians—has plead guilty to child pornography charges. But many of the victims he personally abused may never get justice.