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one with courage logoOne with Courage, a national campaign proudly offered by the Massachusetts Children's Alliance, focuses on the courage it takes to talk about child sexual abuse. As a leader among the state membership associations of Children’s Advocacy Centers, our goal each and every day is to change the way Massachusetts responds to child abuse. You can help – learn the signs, share this information and be the One with Courage to make a difference.

YOU CAN HELP:

Learn the signs, share this information, find your local Children’s Advocacy Center, and be the One with Courage to make a difference.

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HOW CAN I BE THE ONE WITH COURAGE?

Child sexual abuse is a crime of secrecy, which tragically breeds within our communities because it’s difficult to talk about. That’s why conversation — openly discussing the issue — is the most effective tool we have to eradicate child abuse. You can be the One with Courage to inspire others to talk openly about it. We believe that the eradication of child abuse begins with building informed, empowered communities with the courage to talk openly about child abuse.

WHAT DOES A CAC DO?

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-friendly centers where a multidisciplinary team (MDT) consisting of Department of Children and Families workers, police, medical and mental health professionals, prosecutors, and victim advocates meets to coordinate a response to allegations of child sexual and severe physical abuse.

CACs are designed to reduce the stress experienced by child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members throughout the investigation and intervention process. By focusing first on the needs of children and their families, CACs ensure that many important services are provided, while improving the quality of investigations. CACs reduce the need for children to “tell their story” repeatedly by coordinating a single forensic (fact-finding) interview to gather the information needed by each member of the MDT to successfully investigate allegations of abuse.

Through the CAC, children and families are linked to medical, mental health, victim advocacy and other services as determined on a case by case basis. Medical professionals with the specialized skills to conduct therapeutically and forensically sound medical evaluations, including the services of Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (Pedi SANE), are made available to children and families through partnerships with the CACs.