2019 Summit to Stop Child Sexual Abuse

The second annual Summit to Stop Child Sexual Abuse convened on Friday, March 15, 2019 to help community leaders identify tangible actions they can take to intervene and help prevent child sexual abuse.  The half-day Summit included breakout sessions and a keynote presentation from Lindsey Smith, investigative reporter at Michigan Radio/NPR. The keynote address focused on the podcast Believed, which provides an in-depth report of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of young girls, teenage and Olympic athletes—one of the largest sexual abuse cases in US history.  More than 110 community leaders attended, representing a wide variety of local sectors: business, education, faith-based, foundations, government, law enforcement, legal, media, medical, non-profits, and youth serving organizations.

Child sexual abuse is a community problem and it requires a community response.

Everyone needs to be involved—from leaders of businesses, youth serving organizations, the media, faith-based organizations, to families and parents. We want families to know that the CAC is a safe place for children and they are welcome here. The minute the child walks through our doors, their healing journey has begun—they have come to a place of love and support. We encourage you to identify tangible actions you can take to intervene and help prevent child sexual abuse.