Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and Kik are a few apps kids frequently talk about. While parents are aware of the social aspects of these apps, there are also many games they play with chat capabilities – allowing them to connect to people of all ages, all over the world, they don’t know.
My role at the CAC is the community advocate. I go out into the community and educate adults on how they can prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
ACE’s are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children and can result in long-term health problems.
One of the questions Kids Have Rights educators are asked by children in the classroom is, “What do I do if someone gives me touches that are not safe when I am away from home?”
The Nassar sexual abuse case has led many parents and caregivers to question, “What would I do if a child shares with me that he or she has been sexually abused?”
Reporting sexual abuse means taking risks. At this point in time, most of us are aware that multiple factors led to the abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar not being reported.
As parents and caregivers look ahead to the school year winding down and summer approaching, it is a great time to think about what activities, camps, sports or clubs your child will be a part of this summer.
My specific role at the CAC is to investigate sexual abuse crimes involving children.
Each Kids Have Rights lesson concludes with the opportunity for students to ask questions. There’s often curiosity surrounding “the place where we work.”
As Executive Director, my role is primarily one of stewardship. I work closely with the Board of Directors and Staff to ensure our strategic plan and policies best serve our clients, while supporting our staff and partners in their work.