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When Child Sexual Abuse Is in the Public Eye, Don't Lose Sight of the Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Teresa Huizar

Each year, official government reports indicate that more than 62,000 children are sexually abused. The numbers are especially staggering for girls aged 14-17, of whom researchers estimate more than 17% have experienced sexual abuse.

In Response to the Duggar Family: Responding to Sexual Behavior Problems in Youth

Teresa Huizar | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

For Children's Advocacy Centers, many of our most heart-wrenching cases involve families in which sibling abuse has occurred. Parents are distraught about the victimization of one child, while terribly worried about the legal consequences to another child.

If More Teachers Were Like Her, We Could End Child Abuse

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact

Somewhere between four and six children die every day in the U.S. as a result of child abuse and neglect, a staggering statistic that doesn’t even t...

Congress, Reinstate Funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act: Support Abused Children Across the Country

Teresa Huizar | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

My world stopped because Tiffany was asking for protection, and in that rural Colorado community so many years ago there was little to be had. I have never felt more helpless. Thankfully, now, abused children have access to the care and protection of Children's Advocacy Centers.

Let's Protect Children 365 Days of the Year

Teresa Huizar | Posted 04.05.2013 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

This April, as we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month, let's commit to protecting children from abuse not only today, but every single day of the year.

After the Conviction: The Legacy of the Jerry Sandusky Case

Teresa Huizar | Posted 12.16.2012 | Crime
Teresa Huizar

Let's make the legacy of the Jerry Sandusky case not merely be listening to one more horrific tale of lives devastated by abuse as we await the next one. Rather, let the tragedy of this case make us ever more committed to ensuring abuse is prevented, and that those who are abused receive the compassionate care.

In the Wake of the Sandusky Case: Lessons Learned and Hope for Victims of Child Abuse

Teresa Huizar | Posted 08.28.2012 | Crime
Teresa Huizar

The Jerry Sandusky case, and the Penn State handling of the disclosures of sexual abuse, have opened a national conversation around child sexual abuse in some unique ways.

Are You One With Courage?: A Call to Action to Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Teresa Huizar | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

It takes courage for adults to recognize the signs of abuse and report suspected abuse. And it will take courage for all of us to engage in an open dialogue about child abuse.

Taking Action To Protect America's Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted 02.22.2012 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

We call on Congress to finish the good work it established with the creation of the Victims of Child Abuse Act (1990) by expanding these services to all of America's children.

Suspected Child Abuse: Mandated Reporting or Moral Obligation?

Teresa Huizar | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

I hope this outrage and anguish is a result of society reaching a point in which we expect the same courage of adults to report suspected child abuse, as we expect of victims in coming forward with disclosures.

Localizing the Children's Advocacy Center Movement on a Global Scale

Teresa Huizar | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

As I reflect on my experience in Peru, I am confident that the children's advocacy center model has the capacity and flexibility to be adapted by cultures and communities around the world.

A Call to End 'The National Media Blackout on Child Abuse'

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

I encourage not just the national media but the general public as well, to become more educated on what must be done to help end the national tragedy of child maltreatment deaths in our country.

New Report on Background Checks for School Employees Questions Safety of Our Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Teresa Huizar

Recently, the Government Accountability Office released a study on the lack of criminal history checks conducted on teachers and corresponding rates of sexual misconduct by school staff.

No Summer Vacation for Child Abuse

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

School may be out, but child abuse is not. A new study shows that "rates of child abuse are steady throughout the year." Prevention must also be a year-round effort.

Fundraising in Rural America

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

All too often, when we think of fundraising, we focus on efforts and resources that are only applicable to metropolitan settings. Foundations are likely to be located in cities and traditional fundraisers cater to an urban crowd.