Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

ChicagoCAC SOL Hearing

What will you do to honor April as Child Abuse Prevention Month? Plan ahead with a few ideas in our March e-newsletter, including our BEYOND WORDS event and upcoming trainings.

April 2017 Trainings

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, ChicagoCAC hosts numerous trainings throughout the month of April to equip professionals and caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse. View all of our upcoming trainings now.

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 If a friend or family member is withdrawn, declines to participate in activities or seems upset, check in with them.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.

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.

Char on Comcast Newsmakers

ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers to raise awareness about our center, our work and how adults can help protect children from sexual abuse. View the segment and learn more with our resources.

ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers to raise awareness about our center, our work and how adults can help protect children from sexual abuse. View the segment and learn more with our resources.

A Message from ATSA

“We need to recognize that, like every other form of violence, child sexual abuse is an avoidable tragedy. We need to ensure that real resources are directed to the thoughtful development, rigorous evaluation, and broad dissemination of effective… Read More

Crimes Against Children Conference 2016

Our prevention team is presenting at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Crimes Against Children Conference this week. By sharing the strategies and lessons of partnership with Chicago Park District, we’re equipping our fellow child protection experts to reach youth-serving organizations across the country with the staff training, policies and procedures that keep children safe and stop abuse before it starts.

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Our prevention team is presenting at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Crimes Against Children Conference this week. By sharing the strategies and lessons of partnership with Chicago Park District, we’re equipping our fellow child protection experts to reach… Read More

Chicago Park District special recreation training

Today we trained 300 Chicago Park District special recreation staff on keeping children safe. Preventing child sexual abuse starts with caring adults taking responsibility for protecting children and youth. Know what to communicate to your child, behaviors to watch out for and steps to take with our free resources!

ChicagoCAC Keeping My Family Safe Preview

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SCY Training

Thanks to Strengthening Chicago’s Youth for hosting us at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for our Keeping Children Safe training today. We had a great conversation about ways to protect children across our community,… Read More

James Hardie Race Across America

James Hardie Race Across America Team

Today a few of our supporters at James Hardie are starting Race Across America, a team bike race across the country. In just 6.5 days, their team of 8 will ride in rotation, non-stop 24/7 to cross 4,800… Read More

Internet Safety Month

June is Internet Safety Month! Check out great resources from our friends at NetSmartz Workshop on keeping kids safe while they use the internet, play online games and interact on social media.