The Child Advocacy Center is Breaking Ground to Gain Ground in Erie County’s Child Abuse Response
A grim statistic reveals Erie County to be New York State’s second highest county for reported child abuse and neglect, with over 3,000 children annually facing physical and sexual abuse. At the national level, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys will experience sexual abuse before they turn 18. Behind these numbers are vulnerable children in need of safety and support.
Despite best intentions aimed at understanding a survivor’s situation and needs, the separate evaluations that occur in schools, hospitals, and police stations, perpetuate a survivor’s trauma by forcing them to repeatedly recall horrific details.