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community partner spotlight

children's advocacy center

Arbor Circle is pleased to highlight our community partner in SCAN in recognition of child abuse awareness month. Children’s Advocacy Center is not a program of Arbor Circle.

At the Children’s Advocacy Center, we are excited to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month in April 2020. In Ottawa County, at least 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they reach adulthood; that is the equivalent of 6,800 children in our county today (1). We understand that those statistics can be overwhelming, producing fear or even apathy. However, these numbers are slowly declining due to sustained and evidence-based prevention efforts, and that is something to celebrate and use as motivation to continue! As members of the Ottawa County Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Council, it is our goal to live in a community in which no child experiences any form of abuse, and we want you to join us in our mission.

With this goal in mind, we are taking the month of April to join national efforts to increase awareness around not only child abuse, but the power that each of us has to keep the children in our lives safe. Prevention is not complicated or difficult; by building resilience, awareness, and knowledge of child abuse and how to prevent it, we can improve the safety of our families and community for every child (2).

How can you add tools to your power to prevent child abuse? Here are some options to start:

• Visit our prevention page at the CAC website to see a variety of training options and tools that you can implement today.
• Get more information about our national, evidence-based Darkness 2 Light adult training that focuses on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
• Visit ChildWelfare.gov to get more tips and tools that you can begin implementing today.
• Most importantly, do not let your voice go unheard!

(1) Townsend, C. & Rheingold, A.A, (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: studies. Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light. Retrieved from www.D2L.org.
(2) Chapter 1: Strengthening Individuals, Families, and Communities. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/prevention_ch1_2018.pdf