2. Funding to expand our child abuse prevention program. The program, Steward’s of Children, teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.$100,000
3. Funding to purchase advertising space and time to run a child abuse public awareness campaign. $100,000.
4. Strategic planning to better support Child Advocacy Centers across the state of Tennessee. $100,000.
Last year in Middle Tennessee there were 6,643 reported
cases of children who were allegedly sexually or physically abused. Children
who are sexually abused are in vulnerable situations and hesitant to talk about
what has happened to them. Often the perpetrator, the one hurting them, is also
someone they love dearly. In the majority of child sexual abuse cases the
perpetrator is someone the child knows well. Each of these children deserve
access to a host of services including medical, mental health, legal,
investigative and victim advocacy. In 2012, the 15 CACs in Middle Tennessee
provided 3,059 forensic interviews, 243 medical exams and therapy to over 1,000 children. The CACs meet the
children where they are and focus on finding the solution to the situation
rather than the child’s suffering. Coordinating all the services and minimizing
the number of times the child has to retell the experience reduces the risk of
victimizing the child. Prior to the CAC model, investigations and interventions
into child sexual abuse cases were sporadic and lacked a common sense of duty
and purpose. TNCAC works with the 46 CACs across the state to strengthen their
services and provide trainings to address improving the multi-disciplinary
approach to care. In
2010, we committed to leading a statewide prevention initiative. In 2012 we have trained 9,386 adults across Tennessee to recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. TNCAC believes that it
is an adult’s responsibility to protect children and therefore we need to
educate adults rather than expect children to protect themselves. One of the ways we improve the
services offered to victims, is child abuse prevention training.
Together with the local CACs, we are meeting the needs of
children who have been abused and helping communities across Tennessee break the cycle of abuse.
TNCAC works with other nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee to promote sound practices to address the needs of children who have been sexually abused. TNCAC also works with the public about the warning signs that a child has been abused and what to do if you suspect abuse. TNCAC uses a curriculum called Stewards of Children developed by Darkness to Light, a national organization with the mission of child sexual abuse prevention. Suggested as the most promising approach by researchers, the program is adult- focused, evidence based, targeted to any adult that works with children and parents. The program is designed to teach adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, making it a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention program. When local communities know about child sex abuse, there is a greater chance of ending the cycle of abuse.
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In today's climate of economic uncertainty, Middle Tennesseans may be concerned about the potential of rising crime. Fortunately, there are ways we can work together to protect ourselves and our communities from crime.
Crime prevention cannot be achieved by one body alone. Rather, effective crime prevention results from a web of institutions, agencies, and daily life — including communities, families, schools, and the legal institutions of policing and criminal justice.
Human trafficking has long been an international concern, but did you know that trafficking could be happening in your own neighborhood? News features on this topic often concentrate on women and children in third world countries who have been forced into the sex trade industry involuntarily, but this industry has evolved into one of the most lucrative businesses worldwide. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, human sex trafficking is "the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world." What you may not know is that human trafficking is growing in the United States and takes place right here in Middle Tennessee.
Relationships have ups and downs, but certain types of behavior in any relationship are unacceptable and abusive. Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the epidemic is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This rings especially true when the abuse psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet can leave deep and lasting scars.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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