New United Nations podcast: how two Hollywood stars embarked on an ambitious project to completely remove child sexual abuse content from the internet and hold abusers accountable.
Statutes of limitations laws are shrinking or falling around the country. On June 2, we're honoring Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, one of the first public officials to fight back against institutional child sexual abuse when he launched an investigation into abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.
It's time to listen. Today marks the launch of our brand-new podcast, One in Ten, where we talk with the brightest minds science, the law, medicine, morality, and messaging working to solve one of the world's toughest challenges—child abuse. Our first two episodes are live now. Check it out and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever podcasts are found.
As part of a program to help prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and strengthen families, students at two high schools in New Mexico were asked what would help. This opinion piece lists 12 things students came up with.
Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, one of the early warriors against institutional abuse, calls on us in times of cultural tragedy to remember that human ones are greater.
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.
Follow us here on Facebook, on IG at @whyweshine, and at SHINECampaign.org.
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.