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. 

We exist 2016 Recap

Thank you to everyone who made “We exist” possible! We were thrilled to share our work, our children’s stories and our caregivers’ experiences preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. View event photos on our Facebook page. If you weren’t able to make it to the exhibit, be sure to check out our virtual gallery and resources to continue recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month throughout April!

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Thank you to everyone who made “We exist” possible! We were thrilled to share our work, our children’s stories and our caregivers’ experiences preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. View event photos on our Facebook… 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

We exist 2016 volunteers

Thank you to our amazing volunteers for setting up “We exist!” They arrived downtown early this morning to assemble displays and install them across Daley Plaza. Be sure to stop by today before 6 p.m. to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and sign the pledge to prevent, recognize, respond to and report child sexual abuse! ‪#‎WeExist‬

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Thank you to our amazing volunteers for setting up “We exist!” They arrived downtown early this morning to assemble displays and install them across Daley Plaza. Be sure to stop by today before 6 p.m. to recognize Child… Read More

NFL Alumni Chicago join us for “We exist”

We’re thrilled to have members of Nfl Alumni-Chicago join us for “We exist” on Wednesday! From 11 to 1, former Chicago players including Dez Clark, Otis Wilson and Jason McKie will be with us at Daley Plaza to show their support for children and families healing from abuse. Join us to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and learn more about how you can help. ‪#‎WeExist‬

We’re thrilled to have members of Nfl Alumni-Chicago join us for “We exist” on Wednesday! From 11 to 1, former Chicago players including Dez Clark, Otis Wilson and Jason McKie will be with us at Daley Plaza to… Read More

We exist 2016

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In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting our fourth annual installment of “We exist,” a public awareness display that features children’s, caregivers’ and professionals’ stories of preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. Learn more.

“We exist.” art display spotlights prevalence of child sexual and physical abuse in Chicago

Press Release | April 30, 2013

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is hosting “We exist.” on April 30. The one-day public art display at Daley Plaza shares survivors’ stories and encourages action to address abuse in our city.

“We want people to see the realities of sexual abuse and physical abuse of children in our city,” said ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette, “But it’s also important to understand that ChicagoCAC and our partners exist to help kids and families heal from the trauma of abuse.” Read More

Press Release | April 30, 2013 In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is hosting “We exist.” on April 30. The one-day public art display at Daley Plaza shares survivors’ stories and encourages action… Read More

We exist. | Virtual Gallery

“We exist” is Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s public awareness display in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The boards feature stories of adults’ and children’s stories of preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting abuse. Learn more about the display.

“We exist” is Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s public awareness display in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The boards feature stories of adults’ and children’s stories of preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting abuse. Learn more about the display.

We exist. 2015 Photos

On April 1, 2015, ChicagoCAC hosted “We exist,” our public awareness display in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more or view the virtual gallery of the displays.

Photos are courtesy of Alex Shoda.

On April 1, 2015, ChicagoCAC hosted “We exist,” our public awareness display in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more or view the virtual gallery of the displays. Photos are courtesy of Alex Shoda.