To reduce the devastating long-term effects that all forms of child abuse has on children, their families, and society through immediate, coordinated, child-focused services, education, and advocacy.
What is a Children’s Advocacy Center?
To understand what a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is, you must understand what children face without one. Without a CAC, the child may end up having to tell the worst story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, cops, lawyers, therapists, investigators, judges, and others. They may have to talk about that traumatic experience in a police station where they think they might be in trouble, or may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult that could hurt the case against the abuser.
When police or child protective services believe a child is being abused, the child is brought to the CAC—a safe, child-focused environment—by a caregiver or other “safe” adult. At the CAC, the child tells their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not retraumatize the child. Then, a team that includes medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview. CAC's offer therapy and medical exams, plus courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and other services. This is called the multidisciplinary team (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of CAC's.
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What is a Forensic Interview?
When a concern arises that a child has been abused, a Forensic Interview is the best way to gather information about this concern. A Forensic Interview is an objective, non-leading and age-appropriate process that limits or even eliminates additional trauma to the child. It is a structured conversation with a child and is a process that allows the child to tell their account of the allegations of abuse.
The Interview room is equipped with cameras so that a team including an Assistant District Attorney, Law Enforcement Detective. Department of Social Services Worker, a Victim Advocate, and a Medical Professional may watch from the observation room. This reduces the number of times a child will be interviewed.
Emmy’s House Children’s Advocacy Center (EHCAC)
Emmy's House Children's Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization serving child abuse victims from Randolph County and Montgomery County, as well as victims of human trafficking from Randolph, Montgomery, and Moore Counties established in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office, Randolph County Department of Social Services, Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Asheboro Police Department, Archdale Police Department, Liberty Police Department, and Randleman Police Department. The purpose is to provide a systematic, multi-disciplinary response to reported cases of child sexual abuse. We may also see cases of child physical abuse or neglect.
The development of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is based upon the need for coordinated multi-disciplinary interventions to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in our community. Emmy’s House Children’s Advocacy Center provides a neutral, safe, child-friendly location for investigative team interviews, medical examinations, multi-disciplinary team meetings and case reviews, support for child victims and non-offending family members, referrals to appropriate community resources, and provides community awareness related to child sexual abuse.
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor. A child cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. When a perpetrator engages with a child this way, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the victim for years. Child sexual abuse does not need to include physical contact between a perpetrator and a child. Some forms of child sexual abuse include:
• Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
• Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
• Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
• Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
• Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
• Sex trafficking
• Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child's mental, emotional, or physical welfare