Briefly tell us about your role at the CAC.
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. There are various trainings that can be adapted for the community, and my role involves creating the appropriate training for the group I’ll be educating, as well as attending fairs & expos to get the word out about the CAC and our services. My role also includes maintaining our social media platforms and our e-newsletter.
What do you want the community to know about child sexual abuse?
The biggest thing I would want the community to recognize is that child sexual abuse is happening in our community. Unfortunately, it seems that unless it is happening to someone we know, we don’t want to talk about it, and even then it can be uncomfortable. I want the community to be comfortable talking about child sexual abuse and be educated on what they can do to advocate for the children in their lives, especially when they suspect abuse.
What is it about your work that keeps you here and motivated?
I feel extremely grateful to be in the role that I am. I am motivated by my coworkers and all the work they do to keep children safe, I am motivated by the generous donors that allow us to continue to do this work, and I am ultimately motivated by the support I receive when I go out into our community and get a chance to talk to people about such a difficult topic. We have such an opportunity to create change in our community and to change the social norms around how we handle abuse, and I want to be a part of that change.
What do you hope for the CAC in the future?
I hope that our community recognizes that child sexual abuse happens and is happening and that they will feel compelled to join us in our mission to protect children. This can happen in so many different ways, including being educated on how to prevent child sexual abuse, joining us for a tour, or even donating to help our clients heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. All of these small gestures will allow us to continue working towards creating a safer community for our children.