Register Now for Internet Safety Training

Register now for “Internet Safety and Kids with Disabilities: What parents and providers need to know.” Led by Chicago Police Detective Charles Hollendoner and Susan Kahan, MA, LPC of the UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic, this training equips caregivers… Read More

Training New CPD Detectives

Yesterday, our team spent three hours with a training class of 160 new detectives, teaching them about our work on investigations of child sexual abuse, our physical abuse program (MPEEC) and our forensic interviewing services for many types of cases. We’re thrilled to talk with detectives about how ChicagoCAC helps children and families in Chicago, and how we work alongside and support Chicago Police Department.

Yesterday, our team spent three hours with a training class of 160 new detectives, teaching them about our work on investigations of child sexual abuse, our physical abuse program (MPEEC) and our forensic interviewing services for many types… Read More

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Thank you to the generous employees at Tilton, Kelly + Bell for selecting ChicagoCAC to receive a $5,000 donation from the firm! As longtime supporters of the center, the firm has worked on our building addition and renovation… Read More

2016 in Review

Happy new year! As we make bold plans in 2017, we wanted to look back at the numerous successes and highlights across our programs, development and community partnerships in 2016. 

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Happy new year! As we make bold plans in 2017, we wanted to look back at the numerous successes and highlights across our programs, development and community partnerships in 2016. 

Holiday Meals from Jewel

Thank you to our friends at Jewel-Osco for generously providing complete ham dinners and to True Rock Ministries for donating gifts for our children and families! We are grateful to have support from across our community for families healing from abuse.

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Thank you to our friends at Jewel-Osco for generously providing complete ham dinners and to True Rock Ministries for donating gifts for our children and families! We are grateful to have support from across our community for families… Read More

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Season’s greetings from all of us at ChicagoCAC! Wishing you all safe, healthy and happy holidays.

Safety over The Holidays

During the holiday season, many of us are looking forward to seeing friends and family at various events. But for survivors of child sexual abuse, these get-togethers can be a stressful time of being around their abuser or the loved ones who reacted poorly to disclosures. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

To help adult survivors of sexual abuse:
  • Stand with survivors. Victims deserve to be heard, believed and supported. Let survivors know that you believe them and want to help them feel comfortable.
  • Show compassion. Everyone reacts to trauma differently. If a friend or family member is withdrawn, declines to participate in activities or seems upset, check in with them. Offer to listen, and let them know that you respect their boundaries.
  • Seek help. If you or an adult loved one is in crisis in Chicago, call the 24-hour Chicago Rape Crisis hotline: 1-888-293-2080. Outside of the metro area, call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE.
It is also important to be vigilant at events where children are present. Help prevent sexual abuse this time of year by:
  • Keeping the conversation open. Remind the children in your life that no adult should ever ask them to keep a secret – but explain the difference between a secret and a surprise. Be sure children know that they can come to you right away and tell
    you anything without fear of repercussion.
  • Set and respect boundaries. If children do not want to hug, kiss or otherwise show affection for family members, don’t make them. Reinforce these boundaries regularly with your behavior and words to remind children that their bodies are their own.
  • Trust your gut. If something feels off, offer extra support, consult with another adult you trust and, if you suspect abuse, call the child abuse hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE.

Learn more about preventing child sexual abuse in our resources section, including our free Keeping My Family Safe workbook.

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During the holiday season, many of us are looking forward to seeing friends and family at various events. But for survivors of child sexual abuse, these get-togethers can be a stressful time of being around their abuser or the loved ones who reacted poorly to disclosures. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Our families were so thankful for such a fun-filled Kids’ Holiday Party yesterday. Thank you to the incredible donors and volunteers who make this joyful event possible – it means the world to our clients!

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Thank you to The Service Club of Chicago for making us the beneficiary of their annual holiday luncheon! Guests donated toys for our Kids’ Holiday Party, and our staff, children and caregivers are grateful.

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Over the last two nights, volunteers organized hundreds and hundreds of toys, games and other presents for our clients and their siblings. Thank you to everyone who donated gifts and helped out at the center! We’re looking forward… Read More