Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities
The Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities (CASACD) formed in response to the startling fact that children with disabilities are three times more likely to be abused. CASACD’s goal is to affect real change.
CASACD aims to influence thoughtful and inclusive decisions that affect the systemic responses to cases of sexual abuse involving children with disabilities, promote primary prevention strategies and explore ways to exact policy change.
Led by Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, more than 20 core partners represent self-advocates, social service, prevention, law enforcement, medical, advocacy and mental health disciplines. Working together, this group of diverse individuals and organizations has the ability to affect, advocate for and implement significant, system-wide changes in policy, culture and practice.
Children with disabilities will live free from sexual abuse.
- To educate and train caregivers, investigative team members, treatment providers and community members of the sexual abuse risks to children with disabilities, the signs of sexual abuse and the necessary steps of prevention.
- To facilitate an informed network of collaboration in investigating sexual abuse allegations, and treating children with disabilities who have been sexually abused.
- Increase public awareness of the vulnerability to sexual abuse of children with disabilities;
- Increase access of mental health services to children with disabilities who have experienced sexual abuse;
- Increase sexual abuse prevention efforts in regards to children with disabilities;
- Improve knowledge and expertise of those professionals who are first responders to the abuse of children with disabilities.
- ChicagoCAC conducts trainings on keeping children with disabilities safe. Learn more and schedule a training for your worksite or community group.
- Children with disabilities have special considerations when preventing, recognizing and responding to abuse. Visit our resources section to learn more and download printable tip sheets for caregivers and providers.
- For professionals involved in the investigation of abuse or advocacy for individuals who have been abused, visit DisabilityAbuse.org for additional information and resources.
For more information, contact Jan Waters: JWaters@ChicagoCAC.org