Our Featured Non-Profit:
Children's Advocacy Center
Unfortunately, child abuse is everywhere and the physical violence, mental anguish, and fear these children live in is heartbreaking. However, there are also a lot of wonderful people that FIGHT for these children every day! Our chosen non-profit company we wanted to spotlight this month is Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County.
What Is a Children’s Advocacy Center?
“A children’s advocacy center is a non-profit agency that provides a multi-agency coordinated approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual and physical abuse.
Prior to the existence of child advocacy centers, children suffering from abuse and neglect often endured repetitive interviews due to lack of coordination between investigating agencies. Investigating agencies frequently duplicated efforts and complicated the process for victims and their families, increasing the trauma associated with reporting the abuse and jeopardizing the opportunity for successful outcomes in child abuse cases.”
- CAC Website
The center works closely with CPS and local law enforcement in which they receive their referrals. They have medical examiners, mental health professionals, prosecutors to seek justice and other organizations that create a team to assist these children and what they have experienced.
Here are some staggering statistics of how many children are violated:
• “95 percent of child victims knew their alleged perpetuators”
• “It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18
• “Child abuse is defined as doing or failing to do something that results in harm or risk of harm to a child. There are four types of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. While child physical abuse may be the most visible, other types of abuse leave deep and lasting emotional scars. Early intervention is key to helping abused children heal.”
They rely on community support to advocate, help heal and get them to a safe and nurturing environment. These are the people that help our children of Rockwall County. If you feel inclined to make a donation or volunteer, please click the link below for more info.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County
1350 E. Washington Street, Rockwall 75087 (469) 772-0220