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!

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“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.

At the first inkling of…

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