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.

Request a Training for April

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year ChicagoCAC aims to reach more adults than ever before with the skills and information to protect children from sexual abuse. We need your help! Can you request one of our free or low-cost trainings for your colleagues or community group this April?

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year ChicagoCAC aims to reach more adults than ever before with the skills and information to protect children from sexual abuse. We need your help! Can you request one of… Read More

New Staff Training for Chicago Park District

Through our partnership with Chicago Park District, we recently trained 50 new staff in their arts, athletics and landscaping departments on keeping children safe from abuse. We’re proud to work with the excellent team at the park district… Read More

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

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. 

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.

Prevention Books for Brighton Park

As part of our partnership with Brighton Park Elementary School, we’re teaching children in grades preK through 5th about staying safe from abuse. Can you help us provide books for their classrooms about saying no, bodily safety and… Read More

Back-to-school Resources

Ready for back-to-school season? Check out great resources from our friends at Stop It Now! about choosing a program for your child. And be sure the staff and volunteers with your child’s school, team or other group know… Read More

“Why wasn’t child sexual abuse prevented at USA Gymnastics?”

“Yes, we know that it’s very hard for people to respond to allegations of child sexual abuse when the offender is someone who is well known and respected in their community, but failing to do so creates an… Read More

Brighton Park Partnership

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Brighton Park Elementary School to conduct our Keeping Children Safe series! We’ll be working directly with students to teach them ways to stay safe, report broken safety rules and understand that… Read More