“Judge approves forensic interview for rape victim”

This following news article by Rapid City Journal in South Dakota: “Judge approves forensic interview for rape victim” demonstrates the importance of providing forensic interviews to victims of abuse. The girl in the article should have been provided a forensic interview that was properly recorded, two years ago. Unfortunately, she was not provided this opportunity. Now, two years later, she is being possibly pressured to share her story once again in order for justice to be delivered. Forensic interviewers serving at Child Advocacy Centers are specially trained to conduct interviews with children. At Child Advocacy Centers, forensic interviews are recorded so that children only have to share their story once, and avoid the trauma of having to share their story multiple times. Recording interviews also preserves a child’s statement for legal purposes. In this way, children’s voices are heard and honored.

What are your thoughts about this situation? Click here to read the full article. Please leave a comment below.

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Elizabeth Smart recognizes the importance of Child Advocacy Centers

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An Evening With Elizabeth Smart, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KCTV5’s Bonyen Lee interviewing Elizabeth Smart

Last year, Elizabeth Smart came to Kansas City share her story. As a survivor of child abuse and abduction, Elizabeth recognizes the importance of child advocacy centers. Examiner.com reports “When [Elizabeth] was discovered with and rescued from her captors, her family wrapped her in a cocoon of protection from the media, but [Elizabeth] was still required to answer question after question from investigators, prosecutors and others representing the legal system….[Elizabeth] expressed her belief that if a child protective center—like the one in Kansas City—had been available to her, it would have helped move the justice system more quickly and could have made the process easier to navigate.” Click here to read more of the article.

The Child Protection Center is the only nationally-accredited child advocacy center serving Jackson and Cass Counties in Missouri. We are so thankful that Elizabeth Smart traveled to Kansas City last year to promote the importance of child advocacy centers!

How does the Children’s Advocacy Center model work?

Ever wonder how a child advocacy center (CAC) works? CACs coordinate multidisciplinary team members to provides services to children and their caretakers throughout the investigation of abuse. Check out this great info graphic to understand how CACs coordinate services! The core function of CACs are captured in blue.

How do CACs work

“Dear Survivor”: A letter about the hard truths of healing from child abuse

Trauma-focused psychotherapist Laura K. Kerr, PhD, IMFT writes a powerful and touching letter to survivors of child abuse.

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Dear Survivor,

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“Because then I knew it was over.”

That’s what most strive to feel about the lingering effects of childhood abuse, although not about the actual events. Those are long gone, and often dissociated from awareness.

Rather, most want to end sleepless nights and startled awakenings; feeling as if they live in a parallel universe, outside the world inhabited by ‘normal’ people who lack histories of abuse; intrusive images, feelings, sounds, and smells; the desire to drink, smoke, toke, shoot up, sex to oblivion; the avoidance of intimacy because of a seemingly endless reserve of anxiety simmering below a brittle surface of civility; or fighting because the rage never seems to dissipate and you just want to push back, because the planet is not big enough to hold all your hurt, let alone the emotional needs of another person.

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Child Advocacy Center Spotlight

Centre County, PA experienced heartbreak as news about the Jerry Sandusky scandal surfaced. Centre County will be opening a child advocacy center next week. We are relieved that children who have experienced abuse in Centre County now have a safe place to turn to, a safe place that will honor their voices.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — “After years of work, and as the dust continues to settle in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, officials in Centre County have opened a new facility designed to help children who may be victims of sexual abuse. The project to create a child advocacy center in the Centre region started just days after Jerry Sandusky was arrested in November 2011. He was later convicted. On Monday, county leaders and local officials gathered to showcase the new center.”

Read more here: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/child-advocacy-center-now-open-centre-co-1615.shtml

BELLEFONTE — “A child traumatized by abuse or neglect in Centre County might once have been interviewed a police officer. Later, she might tell her story again to a social worker. then to a doctor or a psychologist. Before she was even old enough for preschool, she might have to talk about the most horrible moments of her life half a dozen times before she even started to get help. With the opening of the Centre County Children’s Advocacy Center in Bellefonte on Monday, the experience changes to a child-focused single stop that aims to get past the hard part and begin the healing.”

Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/02/10/4029113/centre-county-opens-child-advocacy.html#storylink=cpy

Tonight is the big night!

Award-winning Broadway actor Martin Moran has returned to Kansas City on behalf of the Child Protection Center to perform his solo-act “All The Rage.” We are so thankful for Martin’s time and dedication.

In 2010, Martin Moran visited Kansas City on behalf of the CPC to perform ‘The Tricky Part.” In that performance, he took viewers on a thought-provoking journey exploring the complexities of his life. This play shared his experience as a young victim of sexual abuse and his eventual path to forgiveness. In “All The Rage,” Martin Moran will take viewers on a quest from West of the Rockies to South of Johannesburg, unearthing the unexpected connections and human hilarities that arise as he attempts to resolve an ancient riddle.

Tonight’s performance will begin at 7:30 pm. General admission is only $50. Tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds from tonight’s play will benefit the CPC.

Venue: Kansas City Repertory Spencer Theater located in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus at 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Parking: There are two lots immediately to the east of Spencer Theatre and you may also park in levels 5 & 6 of the newly constructed Cherry St. Garage. Although signs may indicate that a faculty/staff permit is required, this is NOT SO during performances.

Attending “All The Rage” generates a lot of hope for children in Kansas City.

We hope to see you there!

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Happy 2014!

We are so excited to be staring a blog this January 2014.

You will soon be reading posts from staff, volunteers, board members, and community members as we work together to advocate and protect children in Kansas City from abuse.

Thank you for your support!