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 Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County is a safe place for children and they are welcome here.  The moment a child walks through our doors, their healing journey has begun.  We encourage you to identify tangible actions you can take to intervene and help prevent child sexual abuse.

This year, community members are invited to join us in learning how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse & trauma.  We hope you will consider joining us as we face this problem head on and help the children in our community feel safe enough to share their stories.

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Mulcahy, Assistant District Attorney

Detroit, MI

Kevin Mulcahy works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit and serves as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney.  Throughout his career, Kevin has prosecuted a variety of cases, including offenses involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies, threats, and a wide variety of other federal prosecutions.  Majority of his caseload focuses on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography cases, traveler cases, and other significant crimes against children prosecutions.  Kevin has been a federal prosecutor since 2002, with the first 3 1/2 years as an AUSA in San Diego, and the rest in Detroit.

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Kevin has dedicated his career to helping victims seek justice and educate the community on how protect children from abuse and exploitation.  Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his juris doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law.  He lives with his wife, three children, and two cats in the Detroit area.

Summit Agenda

7:30a-8:00a: Registration

8:00a-8:20a: Welcome & Introductions

8:20a-10:20a: Keynote & Moderated Discussion

10:40a-12:00p: Breaking the Silence: A Victim Centered Approach to How We Talk About Child Sexual Abuse

12:00p-1:00p: Lunch & Networking

1:15p-2:45p: Breakout Sessions

3:00p-4:30p: Breakout Sessions


Register Here

Fees include conference registration and lunch.

Half Day: 7:30a-1:00p

Full Day: 7:30a-4:30p

After February 19: Half Day $30; Full Day $45

Registration Deadline: September 9

Breakout Sessions

Mandated Reporting: In this breakout session you will learn how to recognize child abuse & neglect, recognize your responsibilities as a mandated reporter, identify indicators of child abuse & neglect, gain insight on how to appropriately respond to a disclosure, and understand the role of children’s protective services (CPS) in the process.  (There will be a follow-up panel to this session in the second group of breakout sessions)

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): In this session, you will gain an understanding of what ACE’s are and how they impact early brain development, familiarize yourself with how ACE’s impact ongoing physical and mental health through adulthood, and recognize how the community can help build resilience in those impacted by trauma.

Building Resilience in Children in Trauma-Informed Settings: In this session you will learn what resiliency is, understand neurobiology and trauma reactions in children, and be provided with concrete examples of how to foster resiliency in children.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – The Role You Play: In this session child sexual abuse will be defined as it relates to Michigan state law. You will learn the facts, signs, and symptoms of CSA, become familiar with what to look for if you suspect sexual abuse, recognize how you can minimize opportunities for abuse to occur, how to report abuse in your community, and ultimately come to understand the role of the Children’s Advocacy Center in helping children heal from the trauma of sexual abuse.


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Community Supporter

Please contact Tatum Hawkins, Director of Development & Communications, if you are interested in partnering with us as a sponsor. or 616-336-4033.

2020 Summit to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Committee

Hillary Baker, Kent County Prosecutor’s Office

Liz Burnson, Spectrum Health

Michael Christy, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan

Lucy Dyer Joswick, Camp Blodgett

Shelly Irwin, WGVU

Sommer Jabbar, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

Rachel Verwys, SEE (See Solutions to End Exploitation)

Christy Vierzen, Grand River Bank

Jack Woller, Community Volunteer

Tracy Wolford, Community Volunteer

Jathan Austin, Bethel Empowerment Church

India Manns, Community Volunteer

Jen Wordelman, Grand Rapids Police Department


Contact Angie Kowalczyk, Volunteer and Executive Services Coordinator, at or 616-336-5197.

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.