More than 160 supporters gave to our year-end appeal and helped us help kids. Here are all the ways you helped in 2018, and all the ways you can help us support kids in 2019.
Sexual abuse isn't rare. It's everywhere. Learn more about the prevalence of this crisis—and how CACs are helping to heal its effects—from Our Kids, the CAC in Nashville.
Not every CAC professional walks on two legs. Read Michele's story about Pecos the Facility Dog, who serves kids in Virginia at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County.
Not everything is shut down in Washington. With the help of our champions in Congress, the bipartisan Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018—the only dedicated source of federal funding for CACs—was signed into law by President Trump yesterday.
Thanks to Senator Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Jim Costa, retired Representative Ted Poe, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Representative Martha Roby, and Rep. Debbie Dingell—and all of our partners in helping us secure this critical support for our movement and for America's children.
While proposed changes to Title IX rules have been framed as a way to protect boys and men from false accusations, NCA's Blake Warenik writes that boys and men are far more likely to be victimized by sexual violence in schools, and that the proposed rules would take away many protections they currently have.
Mandated reporter laws require people in certain job roles to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities. Now, in the wake of church sexual abuse scandals, lawmakers in Virginia and Washington, D.C., are on the verge of adding clergy to the list of mandated reporters.
Our offices are closed today for the holiday. Thanks for supporting kids in 2018, here's to an even brighter 2019!
A new law sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey is on the books, requiring lasting justice for victims of abusive images, or what has been called child pornography. These images can harm victims throughout their lives, and now there's a federal law that literally makes abusers pay. Our Teresa Huizar comments on this story.
"Every child deserves the chance to live out their full potential, and yet many are robbed of their childhood." Read Max's story about Susan, his real-life guardian angel, and how you can be someone's guardian angel, too.
Seat belts didn't become mandatory because of voluntary action by automakers, but because of decades of hard work by lawyers, lawmakers, and insurance groups. The same thing needs to happen to protect child athletes from sexual abuse.
Read NCA's comments on the proposed Title IX rules. These rules would remove protections not only for college students, but also for children who experience sexual abuse in K-12 schools. NCA plans to submit public comments to the U.S. Department of Education opposing these rule changes.
The federal agency policing the immigration detention "tent city" housing thousands of children in Texas has no experience investigating child sex offense cases, despite evidence that such assaults are happening in the system.
In 10 years, CACs have given more than a million children the healing, evidence-based mental health services they need to go back to being kids. Read our new report and reflect on how we got here, why it matters, and what the next ten years hold.
"The feeling of being alone and helpless is something no child should ever have to go through.”
Read Max's story about his real-life guardian angel, then become someone's guardian angel with your gift. Generous supporters of children will match your gift, up to $15,000.
The ACEs study was groundbreaking. But the population it studied didn't represent everyone. Now, 20 years later, a sociologist and a college student are teaming up to push for new research that reflects people of all walks of life.
In a recent College GameDay segment on University of Alabama football star Tua Tagovailoa, commentators credited Tua's on-field success with his father's use of a belt as a weapon to punish him for poor on-field performance. Our friend John Bout of Children's Advocacy Center of Lawrence County, Inc. in Pennsylvania writes that this is tantamount to encouraging fathers to physically abuse their sons to achieve. ESPN missed the mark, and we hope advocates everywhere take the opportunity to point out that it doesn't take abuse to achieve success in sports and life.
Lost in the scandal of destroyed rape kits is the fact that so many were collected from assaulted children. There is no excuse for destroying evidence, allowing an abuser to go free. What will it take for these children to get the justice they deserve?
Often, the hardest part of doing the right thing is facing your own community. But it's still the right thing.
"Addiction is not in itself the problem but rather an attempt to solve a problem." One author and physician believes this problem is often past trauma. CACs know that when abused kids come to us with substance abuse issues, 57% stop abusing drugs or alcohol after receiving the trauma treatments we provide.
The Pennsylvania grand jury report outlining decades of abuse in the Catholic Church was a tipping point: 14 states have filed suit, and now a federal case is pending. But justice may be long in the offing.
#GivingTuesday is here! Facebook will match your gift starting at 8:00 a.m. EST, so be sure to make your gift right at 8:00 to double your impact. Donate through this post, or visit our page and click the blue "Donate" button at the top right. Match funds are limited!
#GivingTuesday is almost here! Facebook will match your gift starting at 8:00 a.m. EST Tuesday morning, so be sure to make your gift right at 8:00 a.m. to double your impact. Donate through this post, or visit our page and click the blue "Donate" button at the top right. Match funds are limited! Make sure you donate first thing so we can make the most out of the match for kids.
While you're snagging Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals...what do you want for your gift? One idea: set up a Facebook Fundraiser for NCA that helps kids go back to being kids, and ask your friends and family for donations in lieu of gifts. Visit our Facebook Fundraisers page and learn how to set your own fundraising goal to benefit NCA and the kids our network serves. https://fb.com/fund/NationalChildrensAlliance/
From our family to yours, enjoy a safe, healthy, and memorable Thanksgiving.
November 19 is the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. See stats and prevention resources from our partners at the American Psychological Association.