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CAC in a Nutshell

A shortened version of our I&R training session

Kimberly James

on 8 September 2015

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Transcript of CAC in a Nutshell

Protecting Our Children
Presented by:
Children's Advocacy Center of Sullivan County
4 Types:
Emotional/Psychological Harm
What is Child Abuse?
bruises (in various stages of healing)
burns (cigarette or immersion)
fractures, lacerations, or abrasions
swollen areas
Evidence of delayed or inappropriate treatment for injuries
Physical Abuse Indicators
Physical Abuse
Self destructive
Withdrawal and/or aggressive –behavioral extremes
Arrives at school early or stays late as if afraid to be at home.
Chronic runaway (adolescents)
Complains of soreness or moves uncomfortably
Wears clothing inappropriate to weather, to cover body
Bizarre explanation of injuries
Wary of adult contact
Name calling, insults, put-downs, etc.
Terrorizing, isolation, humiliation, rejection, corruption
Speech Disorders
Delayed physical development
Substance abuse
Ulcers, asthma, severe allergies
Emotional Abuse
Psychological Harm
Habit disorder (sucking, rocking, biting)
Antisocial, destructive
Neurotic traits (sleep disorders, inhibition of play)
Passive and aggressive – behavioral extremes
Delinquent behavior (especially adolescents)
Developmentally delayed
Emotional/Psychological Harm
obscene language, pornography, exposure
fondling, molesting, oral sex, intercourse
Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
Pain, swelling or itching of genital area
Difficulty walking or sitting
Bruises or bleeding in genital area
Venereal disease
Frequent urinary or yeast infections
Sexual Abuse
Physical Signs
Excessive seductiveness
Role reversal, overly concerned for siblings
Massive weight gain
Suicide attempts (especially adolescents)
Inappropriate sex play
Premature understanding of sex
Threatened by physical contact, closeness
Sexual Abuse
Unattended medical needs
Consistent lack of supervision
Consistent hunger, inappropriate dress, poor hygiene
Lice, distended stomach, emaciated
Inadequate nutrition
Physical Signs
Regularly displays fatigue or listlessness, falls asleep in class
Steals food, begs from classmates
Reports that no caretaker is at home
Frequently absent or tardy
Self destructive
School dropout (adolescents)
Extreme loneliness and need for affection
Tennessee Law states:
Who should report?
Everyone is a mandated reporter:
All persons (including doctors, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members and friends) must report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
Failure to report child abuse or neglect is a
violation of the law.
1. Believe the child

2. Do not question the child

3. Never make any promises

4. Report as soon as identified or suspected

confront the alleged abuser
If you suspect abuse of a child or have a child disclose abuse to you....
Children's Advocacy Center
of Sullivan County

A report of Child Abuse is made through the hotline

Department of Children's Services makes a referral

The child is interviewed by the forensic interviewer

The case and interview results are processed at the Child Protective Investigative Team meeting

If case is eligible, the client continues through counseling
How it works...
Also known as CPIT

The different disciplines work together within a coordinated multidisciplinary team to lead the investigation of alleged child abuse

The professionals who work on the teams receive specialized training

Meetings twice a month, 1 for Bristol CPIT and 1 for Kingsport CPIT
Child Protective Investigative Team
How can you help?
Schedule a Darkness to Light training.
2 hour training
Cost of books provided by sponsors
Learn new techniques to protecting the children in our community
Help us reach our goal of teaching 6,000 adults within 5 years
Experts estimate that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday

In any classroom or neighborhood, there are children who are silently bearing the burden of sexual abuse

MOST child victims never tell
It is highly likely that
you know a child
that is being sexually abused...
In more than 90% of sexual abuse cases, the child and the child's family
know and trust
the abuser

Abusers often try to form a trusting relationship with the parents
It is highly likely that
you know someone
that is sexually abusing a child
*This information provided by Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
Opened in 1991 as the first Children’s Advocacy Center in Tennessee
Private, Non-Profit Organization
Serves as a therapeutic model
Developed in response to the need for a program that is child-focused and child-friendly
Professionals come to the child rather than the child going to the professionals
Consistent and compassionate support for the child and non-offending caregivers
General Info:
Child Protective Investigative Team
of Sullivan County
Family Advocate
Forensic Interviewer
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