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Children and teens just want the abuse to stop. It is up to all of us in the community to make that happen. There are simple but powerful ways everyone can make a difference. It helps to understand the problem and engage everyone in the solution.
Get the Facts!
- MYTH 1: Most sexual abuse is caused by strangers who are predators and criminals.
- FACT: Most cases of child abuse involve someone who is known to the child and has access to them. Some are relatives, some are friends of the family, some are acquaintances. Less than 2% are strangers. Many sexual abusers have no other criminal history for any other type of crime, hold a job, and pay their taxes. You could not tell by looking at them that they sexually abused a child or teen.
- MYTH 2: Children and teens make up reports of sexual abuse to cause malicious harm to an adult.
- FACT: Children and teens rarely lie and come forward at great risk and trepidation. They fear social humiliation and rejection to reveal something so personal and private. When children recant a report of child abuse it is most often due to pressure from non-supportive family members or because they fear worse retaliation.
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Did You Know?
- Child sexual abuse can and does occur in all socioeconomic groups and income levels.
- Children and teens often speak up to protect others from being abused by the offender.
Childhood is a time for growing, learning and becoming who you are meant to be. When children and teens experience child sexual abuse, physical abuse, or witness domestic violence or homicide it can immediately change their trajectory in life. Traumatic events can have life long negative effects in many aspects of daily existence. With the help of the Children's Justice Center, children and teens can and do recover from bad experiences and become who they were meant to be in life.
What Can I Do?
- TRUST your instincts and don't let your child go with someone you don't feel good about.
- TEACH your children our safety tips for kids.
- LISTEN to victims and let them know you are glad they told, stay calm, reassure them that they did the right thing by speaking up.
- REPORT suspected child abuse.
- EVERYONE can make it okay for children and teens to speak up and be believed.
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