A Walk in Their Shoes

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Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for this special evening to walk the path our clients take toward healing. After a brief presentation, staff will lead a tour of the center, highlighting each of the programs we offer to children and families healing from sexual abuse.

Please RSVP to Ashley Howard: 
(312) 492-3725 or AHoward@ChicagoCAC.org

Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for this special evening to walk the path our clients take toward healing. After a brief presentation, staff will lead a tour of the center, highlighting… Read More

Q4 Stakeholder Call

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Join ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette for our quarterly Stakeholder Conference Call on Wednesday, October 11 at noon. You’ll hear the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events.

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Join ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette for our quarterly Stakeholder Conference Call on Wednesday, October 11 at noon. You’ll hear the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Add to your Outlook calendar. Add to… Read More

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Guys’ & Gals Night Out is tonight, but the auction starts NOW! Check out our selection of getaways, beauty packages, experiences and family-friendly entertainment! As always, all proceeds support ChicagoCAC’s work.

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Guys’ & Gals Night Out is tonight, but the auction starts NOW! Check out our selection of getaways, beauty packages, experiences and family-friendly entertainment! As always, all proceeds support ChicagoCAC’s work.

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

Gov. Rauner: Please sign SB189!

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Earlier this year, the Illinois House and Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 189, which removes the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. This vital legislation has been sitting on Gov. Rauner’s desk for weeks, but he has not yet signed it into law.

Victims and survivors of abuse deserve unanimous public support. Gov. Rauner should stand with us by proudly signing this bill so that victims of abuse in Illinois will never run out of time to seek justice, and our community will be protected from known perpetrators.

Contact Gov. Rauner now to encourage him to sign SB189!

Option 1: Call Gov. Rauner’s Office

Have the biggest impact by calling Gov. Rauner’s office and speaking with a member of his staff at his Springfield office: (217) 782-0244. Here’s a script to get you started:

Hi, this is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR HOMETOWN], zip code [YOUR ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to ask that Gov. Rauner stand with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse by signing SB189 into law before the August 15 deadline. Signing this legislation into law to remove the statute of limitations will help ensure that victims of abuse are heard and helped, no matter when they gather the strength to come forward. There are more than 1 million victims and survivors of child sexual abuse living in Illinois. Gov. Rauner should show his support for these resilient children, youth and adults by signing SB189 today. Thank you.

Option 2: Complete Gov. Rauner’s Contact Form

Complete the Contact form on Gov. Rauner’s website to make your voice heard. Complete the fields with your contact information, and copy this sample message into the Comments field:

Subject: Other
Position: Support
Comment: Governor Rauner, I’m writing to ask that you sign SB189 into law. By signing this legislation to remove the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children, you will publicly demonstrate your and our state’s commitment to supporting survivors of child sexual abuse and their right to seek justice. As our governor, you have a duty and a responsibility to protect Illinoisans. Removing the statute of limitations helps ensure that victims of abuse may be heard and helped, no matter when they gather the strength to come forward. SB189 was passed by both the Senate and House unanimously, and I strongly encourage you to sign this bill into law. There are more than 1 million victims and survivors of child sexual abuse living in Illinois. Show your support for these resilient children, youth and adults by signing SB189 today. Thank you.

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Earlier this year, the Illinois House and Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 189, which removes the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. This vital legislation has been sitting on Gov. Rauner’s desk for weeks, but he has… Read More

Stakeholder Conference Call June 2017

On June 21, ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette led our first Stakeholder Conference Call. The 23-minute conversation included the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Listen below!

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ashley Howard: AHoward@ChicagoCAC.org or (312) 492-3725.

On June 21, ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette led our first Stakeholder Conference Call. The 23-minute conversation included the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Listen below! If you have questions or would… Read More

Recommended Books about Child Sexual Abuse

Books for children about prevention

  • Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
  • Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (ages 3-6)
  • The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (ages 3-8)
  • My Body Belongs to Me – Jill Starishevsky (ages 3-8)
  • A Secret Safe to Tell – Naomi Hunter (ages 3-8)
  • Those are MY Private Parts – Diane Hansen (3-8)
  • Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-8)
  • I Said No: A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private  – Kimberly King (ages 3-8)
  • Body Safety – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-12)
  • The Swimsuit Lesson – Jon Holsten (ages 6-12)
  • Fred the Fox Shouts “No!” – Tatiana Y. Kisil Matthews (ages 3-8)
  • A Little Book About Safety – S. Kurtzman-Counter & A. Schiller (ages 3-11)
  • Miles is the Boos of His Body! – S. Kurtzman-Counter & A. Schiller (ages 3-11)
  • My Body: What I say goes! – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3- 11)
  • My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes – Dagmar Geisler (ages 3- 11)
  • Algunas Partes No Son Para Compartir  – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
  • Mi Cuerpo es Mio: Un Libro para Enseñar a los Niños Pequeños cómo Resistir el Contacto Incómodo – Britain (ages 3-8)
  • ¡Mi cuerpo es mío! – Dagmar Geisler  (ages 3-12)
  • El Problemo con los Secretos – Karen Johnson (ages 3-8)
  • An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch – Hunter Manasco (ages 3-8; children with disabilities)

Books about sexual development and safety

  • The Parent’s Guide to Talking about Sex – Janet Rosenzweig
  • Birds + Bees + Your Kids – Amy Lang
  • Off Limits: A parent’s guide to keeping kids safe from sexual abuse – S. Wuertele & F. Berkower
  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality – Couwenhoven
  • Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behavior – Toni Cavanaugh Johnson
  • Childhood Sexuality: A guide for parents – Gail Ryan and Joanne Blum
  • From Diapers to Dating: A parent’s guide to raising sexually healthy children – Haffner
  • What’s the Big Secret? Talking about sex with boys and girls – Laurie Brown (ages 3-8)
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives – Ruth Bell (ages 12-17)
  • It’s Perfectly Normal – Robbie Harris (ages 9-14)
  • It’s So Amazing – Robbie Harris (ages 3-8)

Books for children on healing and recovery

  • Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell – Patricia Kehoe, Ph.D. (ages 3-7)
  • Something Is Wrong at My House – Diane Davis (ages 3-12)
  • I Can’t Talk About It – Doris Sanford (ages 4-8)
  • A Very Touching Book for Little People and for Big People – J. Hindman & T. Novak (ages 6-12)
  • Sarah’s Waterfall: A healing story about sexual abuseEllery Akers (ages 7-12)
  • Healing Days – Susan Farber Straus (ages 7-14)

Books for children about prevention Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+) Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (ages 3-6) The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (ages 3-8) My Body Belongs to… Read More

New training: Supporting non-offending caregivers

Join Resource Manager Katy Irving, LCSW, for our second new training this April: Supporting Non-Offending Caregivers after Child Sexual Abuse. Katy will equip professionals with the skills and resources to reduce stress and isolation of caregivers, and she’ll share the ways ChicagoCAC’s family advocates, intensive case managers and other staff help our clients heal. Registration is $20 and includes 2.0 CE credits for counselors, social workers and psychologists. Register here.

ChicagoCAC Family Advocacy

Join Resource Manager Katy Irving, LCSW, for our second new training this April: Supporting Non-Offending Caregivers after Child Sexual Abuse. Katy will equip professionals with the skills and resources to reduce stress and isolation of caregivers, and she’ll… Read More

Tribune: Facebook Live assault of girl, 15: ‘No one human deserves what happened to her’

This is horrifying. Many viewers saw this sexual assault of a child and did nothing to help her. We cannot assume that others are taking action to protect the children around us. Be the person who calls 911… Read More

Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

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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.