Tribune: Police, DCFS cutbacks strain center that investigates child sex crimes

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Thank you to Chicago Tribune for highlighting ChicagoCAC and the challenges we and our partners face in protecting our community’s children in this article from August 23, 2017. As we continue supporting and coordinating the efforts of our… Read More

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Executive Director Char Rivette was happy to stand with Congressman Danny K. Davis and other community leaders at a recent press conference calling attention to the value of the Affordable Care Act for our children and families. Many… Read More

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.

Char on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

In case you missed it, check out this clip from WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Executive Director Char Rivette, Catharine Thomann from La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center and Mary Jo Barrett from Center for Contextual Change held a great conversation about victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

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In case you missed it, check out this clip from WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Executive Director Char Rivette, Catharine Thomann from La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center and Mary Jo Barrett from Center for Contextual Change held a great conversation about victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

ChicagoCAC’s Luminary Award Dinner to honor Chicago First Lady Amy Rule

Event to raise awareness and funds to address child sexual and physical abuse 

(Chicago – April 21, 2016) Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will hold its second annual Luminary Award Dinner at the Union League Club on Thursday, May 12. This year’s event will honor Chicago’s First Lady Amy Rule, a tireless advocate on behalf of children’s safety and welfare causes and a strong supporter of ChicagoCAC.

“Through her role as our first lady and as a committed parent and Chicagoan, Amy Rule has shown strong support to prevent child sexual abuse and ensure that children who need help get our city’s full support to heal,” said ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette. “Her leadership in our community, her support of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and her advocacy for children’s health and wellbeing make her a true luminary in our great city.” 

The fundraising event – co-chaired by Sheila McGinn Dorman, COO of Northern Trust Securities, and Mara Walsh – will feature a reception with a silent auction, seated dinner and program. The inaugural event in 2015 sold out, drawing 400 corporate, civic and political leaders, as well as long-time friends of ChicagoCAC. The event is expected to sell out again this year, with high level sponsorship from BMO Harris Bank, ComEd, Exelon, GCM Grosvenor, Mesirow Financial and Boeing. 

A special call for support at the Luminary Award Dinner will benefit the center’s Growing & Giving campaign. Launched in 2014 to leverage the city’s $9 million dollar TIF investment, the campaign’s goal is to raise an additional $2.5 million in private contributions to support prevention programs and enable the center to expand critical education and services for children and families healing from abuse. To date, the campaign has raised more than $900,000. Other proceeds from the event benefit ChicagoCAC’s family advocacy, forensic interviews, therapy and other vital services for children and families. 

“Freedom from abuse and exploitation is a basic human right, and it’s a privilege for me to be involved in the work the center does for the children in our community,” said Dorman. “They give a voice to the voiceless and provide a safe haven, treatment and hope for these kids. Our goal is to prevent child sexual abuse and help victims heal.”

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Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) and its partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse, as well as reports of physical abuse of children under 3 years old. As part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, ChicagoCAC’s teams investigate alleged abuse, conduct forensic interviews, provide family advocacy, reduce trauma and identify resources so that children and families may begin the healing process.  All of the center’s services are free of charge. Since opening its doors in 2001, ChicagoCAC has served more than 30,000 children and families. Learn more at ChicagoCAC.org 

Event to raise awareness and funds to address child sexual and physical abuse  (Chicago – April 21, 2016) Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will hold its second annual Luminary Award Dinner at the Union League Club on Thursday,… Read More

ChicagoCAC on WCIU’s Now.Chicago

Our director of strategic initiatives, Meg, was on WCIU‘s Now.Chicago this week to spread the word about keeping kids safe during Child Abuse Prevention Month. View part one and part two on Facebook.

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Our director of strategic initiatives, Meg, was on WCIU‘s Now.Chicago this week to spread the word about keeping kids safe during Child Abuse Prevention Month. View part one and part two on Facebook.

ChicagoCAC on ABC 7 Chicago

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Our director of strategic initiatives, Meg, was on ABC 7 Chicago this afternoon discussing the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. It is often years before victims are able to disclose, and these statutes let the clock… Read More

We exist 2016 Press Conference

“For many, child sexual abuse prevention brings to mind ‘stranger danger.’ In fact, more than 95% of the children we see at ChicagoCAC were abused by someone they knew, trusted and had permission to be around. That’s why it’s so important for adults to be informed about the realities of abuse and ways to keep children safe. Today, I urge you to join us in taking the first steps to prevent child sexual abuse.” – Char Rivette, ChicagoCAC Executive Director

At our press conference, Char called for adults to take action to keep children safe. Thank you to Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Judge Grace G. Dickler and Nfl Alumni-Chicago for speaking about the importance of preventing child sexual abuse and taking action when a child needs help! ‪#‎WeExist‬

Learn more about how you can help kids at ChicagoCAC.org/exist. View the event press release.

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“For many, child sexual abuse prevention brings to mind ‘stranger danger.’ In fact, more than 95% of the children we see at ChicagoCAC were abused by someone they knew, trusted and had permission to be around. That’s why… Read More

We exist 2016 Press Release

“We exist” calls for action against child abuse

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month with public display at Daley Plaza, volunteers from NFL Alumni Chicago

Press Release | April 6, 2016

In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is hosting “We exist” at Daley Plaza today until 6 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the display calls attention to the realities of child sexual and physical abuse, and it champions the impact of the city’s coordinated services to protect children and help them heal. Displays arranged across the plaza feature children’s, caregivers’ and professionals’ firsthand accounts of preventing, responding to, reporting and healing from abuse.

“This display is a call to action for adults to recognize the prevalence of abuse, the responsibility we all have to protect children, and the possibilities of healing,” said Char Rivette, executive director of ChicagoCAC. “Through our clients’ stories, we put a face to the more than 30,000 children and families that ChicagoCAC has served since we opened our doors in 2001.”

In Chicago, approximately 2,000 reports of child sexual abuse are made to the DCFS Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-25-ABUSE) each year. These cases are referred to ChicagoCAC, where the non-profit’s staff coordinate the city’s response and provide family advocacy, forensic interviews, mental health therapy and other services to help families heal, all free of charge. Still, an estimated 20 to 40 percent of sexual abuse is ever reported to authorities, meaning at least 3,000 additional children in Chicago are victims of abuse each year – but do not get the protection and support they need to heal.

In the last year, ChicagoCAC has expanded its outreach, education and prevention efforts to better meet Chicago’s needs. Supported by TIF funding, the center opened a new addition and has since launched a new series of trainings for parents, caregivers of children with disabilities, teachers, faith communities and youth-serving organizations on preventing abuse, recognizing warning signs and taking action before grooming becomes abuse. Most notably, ChicagoCAC recently partnered with Chicago Park District to train its more than 3,000 staff and implement proactive policies and procedures to keep kids safe.

“Adults are responsible for preventing abuse,” said Rivette. “Through ‘We exist,’ and our community outreach efforts, we make a topic as difficult as child sexual abuse more approachable. By raising awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month, we hope to inspire parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and every other adult in our community to get informed with ChicagoCAC’s free resources and trainings, and to take action to prevent abuse.”

Alongside ChicagoCAC, members of the NFL Alumni Chicago are volunteering their support for the exhibit. Former NFL players including Desmond Clark, Angel Rivera and Ray Austin held a press conference with Rivette at noon to commit their chapter’s support for preventing abuse.

“We are proud to support Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and ‘We exist,’” said Clark. “By bringing awareness to a sensitive and difficult subject, we hope to educate on how to prevent, recognize and respond to signs of child abuse.”

The display will be live until 6 p.m. at Daley Plaza, and ChicagoCAC staff and volunteers are on-site all day to answer questions, provide resources and give support.

For information on ChicagoCAC, its resources on preventing abuse and photos of “We exist,” visit ChicagoCAC.org/exist. Materials for the exhibit are generously donated by the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.

View this press release as a PDF.

“We exist” calls for action against child abuse Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month with public display at Daley Plaza, volunteers from NFL Alumni Chicago Press Release | April 6, 2016 In recognition of April… Read More

Char Rivette featured on NBC Nightly News

Here is a clip from last night’s NBC Nightly News on the guilty plea in the Jared Fogle case. It is a 2:30 minute clip and Char Rivette, ChicagoCAC’s executive director, is included at the 2:00 minute mark. It’s affirming that NBC News looks to ChicagoCAC for expertise for this story.

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Here is a clip from last night’s NBC Nightly News on the guilty plea in the Jared Fogle case. It is a 2:30 minute clip and Char Rivette, ChicagoCAC’s executive director, is included at the 2:00 minute mark…. Read More