TRUTH IN NUMBERS:
The pain and cost of child abuse and neglect are literally beyond counting. The statistics don’t lie.
• One in four girls and one in six boys have been inappropriately touched before the age of 18.
• The FBI estimates that only one out of ten child abuse and neglect cases are reported.
WHO IS IMPACTED?
Abuse and neglect are unfortunately common occurrences. Much of it happens in secret and in silence, and is thus unreported and not tracked. However, abuse and neglect are not just issues that occur in big cities, urban areas, or among low-income people. The rate of abuse and neglect reported in Shiawassee County is roughly the same as the national rate. It crosses every boundary of race, ethnicity, and income. No one is immune.
When a case of sexual or serious physical abuse is reported, Voices for Children Advocacy Center conducts what is called a forensic interview. We make it safe for a child to tell his/her story and easier for the legal system to prosecute offenders. We also provide trauma counseling to the family and the child. We are the only resource in Shiawassee County that provides this service at no charge to families.
PREVENTION IS A MUST:
Most of us know that dealing with a problem after the fact is substantially more difficult, painful and costly than taking steps to prevent it in the first place. Unfortunately, this is also true with tragic, often taboo subjects such as child abuse and neglect.
Why does someone abuse or neglect a child? That is a painfully difficult question to answer. Often it’s because they were abused or neglected as a child, or because they are in serious financial hardship. That is why we take a three-fold approach to prevention, which includes: educating parents and children through training's and educational materials and providing resources for the families.
HEALING AND HOPE:
Voices for Children is a place where the pain of abuse can be replaced by the healing light of hope. It is a place where families are reconnected to the heart of the community through caring volunteers and generous donors.
WE NEED YOU:
A life with no hope is a life not worth living. Children should not be deprived of hope before they even had a chance to savor the joy of life. Someone must speak for children. Someone must take a stand. Someone must recreate the support network that families need, to starve off the stresses that lead to abuse and neglect.
PLEASE JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILD ABUSE! We are open and operate with the help of generous donors. Visit our website at www.voicesforcac.org for more information to donate to our community wide effort!