Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC’s) are child focused centers that coordinate the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. Statistics show 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be victims of physical or sexual abuse by their 18th birthday.
The Monroe County CAC offers a medical exam to each child victim to assess their well- being and look for signs of abuse. Any necessary medical treatment is also arranged. This helps address any medical trauma that the victim has suffered. Through the CAC, a single interview is conducted by a trained forensic interviewer, eliminating the need for multiple interviews of a child concerning traumatic events. Victims are offered support throughout the legal process, as the offender is held accountable. Counseling and therapy services are coordinated for victims and their caregivers, to help them deal with the emotional trauma they have suffered.
The CAC also promotes community education and child abuse prevention, empowering victims and increasing community awareness about the issues involved in child abuse and its prevention and treatment.
The Monroe County CAC opened in late August of 2015, and has served over 1,000 children since that time. Children and their families are provided all services free of charge. We are proud to be part of our community’s effort to help kids and end child abuse.
Led by National Children's Alliance and hosted here in the Keystone State by PennCAC, SHINE fights the stigma of child sexual abuse that survivors often experience. You can visit the state-wide campaign page at penncac.org/SHINE to read stories of overcoming abuse, add your name to our virtual Wall of Support, and learn more about resources for survivors at any point along the healing journey. Together, we can inspire hope for survivors and raise awareness about Children's Advocacy Centers, which provide the local response needed to stop abuse when it happens and help kids heal after trauma.
As part of the SHINE campaign in Pennsylvania, CACs across the state are forming teams for a virtual/remote walk event during the month of September. By getting out into our communities, we want to:
1. It's easy! Just CLICK THE "WALK WITH US" BUTTON above to sign up as a walker and fundraiser. Upload a photo of yourself for extra personality 🙂 and then share our team page using the social icons or copy/paste the URL to send around:
2. CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR STORE AND PRE-ORDER YOUR EVENT T-SHIRT to wear for your walk. The t-shirt is totally optional—just one more fun way to help spread the word! Orders placed by August 17 will arrive by September 7. Adult sizes are $23-$26 and a youth size is available for $21 plus direct shipping to your home address.
3. GET OUTSIDE. There's no set date or time—that's the beauty of a remote/virtual event. Take a walk whenever you want, however you want, with whomever you want. If you order a t-shirt, wear it! Get some great pictures, use the hashtag #WHYWESHINE, and share our team fundraising page in all your event posts.
4. SHARE SHARE SHARE. Did we mention this already? The most important thing you can do is help us spread the word! Tell your friends you'll be walking to support your local CAC in September, and share this page on social media, by email, or text. Ask folks to make a donation to sponsor your walk—they can click "DONATE" and select you from the team roster to credit a gift toward your walk and leave their own message of support on our donor wall.
You are also invited to register to attend a dynamic, interactive performance event with Michael Broussard, a survivor of child sexual abuse. This performance is hosted by Children's Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania and will take place Thursday, September 9 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; registration required.
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