Short answer: Yes. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests “it might be more effective to approach trauma as a public health crisis than to limit treatment to individuals.”
Today, NCA teamed up with Maryland CAC leaders to show our Department of Justice grant managers the great things that happen in our child-focused settings. Three leaders from NCA joined Adam from Baltimore Child Abuse Center and Susan from The Maryland Children's Alliance to meet with our partners from DOJ in Baltimore. Together, they discussed how federal support for CACs helps kids and shook paws with Manny the Facility Dog.
Though the national news cycle has moved on, Florida's Gulf Coast is still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Michael. Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, our member in Panama City, FL, is raising funds toward insurance deductibles and safe housing for staff. If you can support or share their fundraiser, you can help keep the children of the Emerald Coast safe and healthy as the area rebuilds.
NCA helps military families, installations, and communities to connect with their local Children's Advocacy Centers and that heal kids after abuse. If you're in the military and know of or suspect child abuse, here's how to report it, and what to expect after you do.
Adult survivors like Aly Raisman can't undo their abuse, or forget it. But they can train, organize, and fight to stop abuse and protect children now.
Cases where children harm other children are common, and are no less traumatic for the victim. But, with proper treatment, 98% of kids with problem behaviors never go on to harm another child again. Here's how to address it if your child is accused of hurting another child—or if your child has been hurt by another.
While the trauma of child abuse starts in the minds of victims, the science is beginning to show that trauma's effects certainly aren't "all in your head." A new study suggests that trauma can even leave lasting molecular "scars" in a victim's DNA.
In a time when trauma has come to the forefront of the public discussion in America, many struggle to find affordable mental health services. That's why CACs strive to provide mental health care affordably or free at the point of service for all children who need treatment.
BREAKING: The U.S. Justice Department has issued subpoenas related to the decades of reported institutional child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses, taking the case federal.
See the latest data on how we know our network of 854 CACs provides children and families with healing, justice, & trust.
In a given year, between 20-25% of all the cases CACs serve involve a young person acting out sexually or sexually abusing another child. What does the research say about sexual assault among adolescents?
We were thrilled to meet with SNL star Darrell Hammond and filmmaker Michelle Esrick here in DC this week. Michelle's new film explores Darrell's story of trauma, healing, and art, and features Darrell's visit to a Texas CAC as part of his mission to support child victims.
SNL star Darrell Hammond always had an eye for impressions of Washington luminaries, including Bill Clinton, Gore, and Trump. This week he visited the nation's capital to meet with Congressional and NCA leaders to talk about his own story of childhood trauma, healing, and art, and how it's led him to support child victims today.
After the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, an investigation into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been opened in neighboring Maryland, the latest frontier in the growing institutional scandal.
The cost of abuse isn't just emotional. Because of depression, anxiety, health problems, and substance use disorders that victims of child abuse can experience, trauma can cost literally millions and leave survivors financially struggling.
"[T]he first major study to focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) was limited to a single healthcare system in San Diego. Now a new study — the largest nationally representative study to date on ACEs — confirms that these experiences are universal, yet highlights some disparities among socioeconomic groups."
Many adult survivors of child sexual abuse find themselves piecing together their trauma—finally understanding that what happened to them was a crime. Here's what statutes of limitations mean for them.
Here are shareable images from our new "Healing the Future" resource highlighting the costs of childhood trauma and the real healing impact of mental health treatments CACs provide to kids. Thanks to National Child Traumatic Stress Network for their data and help developing this piece!
Find the full brief and more at http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/our-work/healing-the-future/
Together, our networks provides mental health services or referrals to more than 200,000 children each year. Here’s why it's necessary—and the science that shows it works—in a new brief and data images that you can use and share.
NCA has long believed that statute of limitation reform is necessary to ensure that no sexual abuse victim is denied justice. And, clergy, like other professionals, should have to report suspected abuse, without exception.
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is not just an Olympic gold medalist. She's also a survivor. As one of the most prominent of the "Sister Survivors"—the community of gymnasts sexually abused as children by team doctor Larry Nassar—she supported her sisters with her symbolic uniform last week.
Predators often gain access to children through serving in a trusted profession: as a doctor, a coach, or a priest. Should we view all such pillars of the community with suspicion? NCA comments on this story with guidance on how to navigate difficult conversations to protect your child without losing your trust in those in youth-serving roles.
The fire ignited in Pennsylvania last week may be spreading to Missouri. Yet this time, the St. Louis Archdiocese has handed over to the state attorney general documentation on priests accused of sexual abuse. Advocates for children and survivors welcome this move in the direction of transparency, and hope to see more Catholic dioceses—and all communities of faith—cooperate with investigators to protect children.
Trauma has so many aftereffects. Some include pain that's difficult to see. Many female veterans with fibromyalgia share one other thing in common: the trauma of child abuse. CACs serve victims to heal the scars of trauma and avoid so many different kinds of damage—perhaps even fibromyalgia.