Crime in New York City is down. But not domestic violence. The data led the city to try to stop domestic violence when it starts—in the teen years. Read about the city's efforts to address dating abuse, a pernicious form of abuse that affects one-in-three adolescents and may be hard for parents to track when it stays in the digital domain.
If you have anything to buy on Amazon, click this link and do it today! Today only, you can support NCA and the Children's Advocacy Center movement with your everyday purchases, with 5% back to the charity of your choice. (That's 10x the normal AmazonSmile donation rate!)
Children's Advocacy Centers treat children who witness domestic violence the same as children who have suffered abuse—victims of severe, potentially life-altering trauma who can receive treatment to reduce its effects. This Canadian report explores the connections between childhood witness-to-violence and social problems, including homelessness, substance abuse, and even echoing the violence they experienced in their own relationships.
The evidence that childhood trauma like abuse causes lifelong problems for its victims continues to mount—this time, as a key risk factor driving America's opioid crisis. The good news? Evidence-based treatments for child trauma like those offered by Children's Advocacy Centers can heal and mitigate the damage of abuse on children as they grow into the adults of our future.
"The fact that there has been a concerted effort to undermine the real medicine behind abusive head trauma flies in the face of the search for justice. We must make sure that the truth prevails and that those who abuse our children are held accountable."
Amid the ongoing USA Gymnastics child sexual abuse scandal we reported on yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would "make it a federal crime for Olympic national governing bodies to fail to promptly report child sexual abuse allegations to authorities." NCA is a proud supporter of this much-needed legislation.
“Sexual abuse” was the subject line of an email that landed in a USA Gymnastics inbox on Aug. 17, 2005, sounding an alarm: “We have another one!”
Major new revelations in the case of rampant child sexual abuse at USA Gymnastics have emerged after a newspaper successfully sued to unseal 5,600 pages of documents describing abuse episodes. Tomorrow, we tell how NCA is working with bipartisan leaders in Congress to protect child athletes.
Spring is a time of renewal for Children's Advocacy Centers. Read our March newsletter and see a wealth of training opportunities and inspiring stories from the field to sharpen your skills and renew your spirits.
It can be hard for authorities and service providers to know when child sexual abuse ends and adult sexual assault begins. Dr. Karen Farst, a renowned child abuse pediatrician, explains how viewing adolescent victims as children is a better fit for the brain development of teens and the common patterns of sexual abuse—and that means better outcomes for victims.
A Delaware pediatrician molested more than 1,200 children. He's in prison now, but the case reflects a troubling culture of sexual abuse and assault of both children and adults by doctors, and a society that protects them and even still allows them to practice. See this new series from the AJC.
This series contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse and assault.
A small city in Eastern Washington is transforming the lives of its students, simply by working to understand the things they've been through. Learn more about trauma-informed care in schools.
“Think about if you were watching a scary movie 24/7 — that’s exhausting. Your body is conditioned to respond that way, and therein lies a lot of the health issues we see.”
In Virginia, a school janitor pleads guilty to 150 child sexual abuse-related charges. Faculty and leadership saw plenty of red flags. Now the school board denies they are responsible to protect the children in their charge. Michelle Booth Cole of Safe Shores - The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center warns of the dangerous precedent of allowing school leaders to shirk their responsibility to protect children.
The scars child pornography leaves are often fundamentally different from those borne by victims of child sexual abuse alone. Illegal images of children traded around the world can now haunt victims for decades, reopening the wounds of abuse again and again.
"I’ll never forget the way people used to look at me when I would tell them that we had a successful year at our Children’s Advocacy Center because there was a 25-percent increase in the child sexual abuse cases we saw. All wide-eyed and somewhat exasperated, their response would sound something like, 'More children being abused is considered success?' "
The Washington Post editorial board praises prosecutors in Maryland for their dogged pursuit of justice in physical abuse cases, especially fatal ones. Montgomery County prosecutors aren't just fighting for those children; they're also tackling the "junk science" sometimes used by the defense that muddies the water of public understanding and puts more kids' lives at risk.
Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos built a career on shock, but a glib endorsement of sex between children and adults appears to be his downfall. Yet as NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar writes in Huffington Post, America has missed the real conversation we need to have about Milo: child sexual abuse and the myth of consent.
When child athletes report sexual abuse by coaches, doctors, and other professionals in their sports, the response can be slow or non-existent. Now a senator is working on a bill that would require sporting federations including governing bodies of Olympic sports—like USA Gymnastics—to act on abuse complaints immediately.
Little Caylee Burkholder was just 20 months old when police say her father punched her in the stomach, killing her. While the community wonders if a faster response time from child welfare authorities might have saved her life, others say her county near Pittsburgh simply doesn't have enough caseworkers to handle all the reports of child abuse. It's time for governments and communities to invest in child welfare—lives hang in the balance.
From his easygoing film and TV characters, you'd never know that Ashton Kutcher harbors the heart of a warrior. He and ex-wife Demi Moore started Thorn, an organization that uses technology helps to liberate women and children from sex trafficking. Learn about his visit here to Washington yesterday, where he met with lawmakers to discuss Thorn's work and federal support for trafficking victims.
It's time to amend the federal law governing Olympic sports to explicitly require sporting federations to protect child athletes from predators in the ranks—as many other Olympic nations have done for decades.
When young children aren't eating and aren't growing, doctors call it "failure to thrive." But what's behind this problem? Read about how a wider understanding of toxic stress is uniting communities across the urban-rural divide as they tackle this public health crisis.
Maryland is one of 18 states where all residents have a legal responsibility to report child abuse. Now, after a nightmarish child pornography case that stretched over five years without anyone alerting child welfare authorities, state lawmakers are considering legal penalties for those who fail to make the call.
Child abuse is on the rise in America for the third straight year. What's behind the uptick, and is the nation investing enough in resources to help the growing numbers of abused children?
If you're reading this, you've already overcome the hurdles of discomfort and hopelessness that often prevent society from talking about child abuse. How do we turn that talk into action? Emily from West Virginia Child Advocacy Network tells how she broke the silence, activated millennials, and laid the groundwork for a brighter future in her state. You can do it, too.