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Stopping Child Abuse in Real Time

Erin MerrynSeptember 14, 2017
Policies that Help Kids
A man in my home state of Illinois will spend the next 40 years behind bars as the consequence of sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter. The abuse started when she was just three. Sadly, this sort of tragic story is unremarkable in America. But what is remarkable is how the abuse stopped at age seven.The girl broke her silence immediately to teachers after a class presentation on personal body safety. This presentation was required under E...Continue

Extending Jenna's Law to Trafficking Victims

Jenna QuinnJuly 7, 2017
Policy + Advocacy
The first time I walked into a Children’s Advocacy Center, I was a teenager dealing with the aftermath of years of sexual abuse. The CAC helped my family and I understand what happened to me and gave us hope to get through the process of both my healing and the prosecution of my perpetrator and all that happens in between.Naturally, I thought that was where my journey with the CAC would end. But 3 years later, I found myself returning as an int...Continue

Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice

Carole SwiecickiJune 27, 2017
Insights
Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) have come a long way in the last 30 years.  We have added services and interventions based on solid research—evidence-based practices (EBPs)—all the while maintaining a passion for ensuring that these practices put children on a better path than before they came through our doors. Because the research has come so far, there are now many EBPs to choose from that are tailored to meet specific needs of c...Continue

What Others' Trauma Leaves Behind

Kim DayJune 22, 2017
Research Into Practice
The American Counseling Association’s Traumatology Interest Network (2014) defines vicarious trauma as “the emotional residue from hearing other people’s trauma stories and becoming witness to the pain, fear, and terror the trauma survivor endured” (Network, 2014).  Being witness to another’s pain can cause us to see the world differently.  Individuals working with, and hearing the stories of people who have experienced trauma...Continue