What is a CAC?

A Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting that provides a safe space for child victims of abuse and assault to talk about what happened. The purpose of a CAC is to provide a well-coordinated multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse or victimization, beginning with a forensic interview and including case management services for children and their non-offending family members or guardians.

    The Loudoun CAC
  • Reduces trauma for children who have been victims of abuse.
  • Reduces the number of interviews children have to endure during the investigation.
  • Offers links to specialized medical examination and treatment.
  • Increases communication and collaboration among community agencies investigating, prosecuting, and providing support services.
  • Increases successful prosecutions of child abuse cases.
  • Provides funding for training for investigators and other child abuse professionals.

      Why Does Loudoun Need A CAC?

      The Loudoun County Community is not immune from family violence and child abuse.
    • The U.S. statistics are shocking:
    • 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18.
    • 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18.
    • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet.
    • An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.
    • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.

      Statistics from
darknesstolight.org
  • The CAC model saves $1,318 per case.
  • $4,316,450 was saved from October 2008 to September 2009 in the 3,275 children's abuse investigations served by CACs across the country.

The Child First Doctrine
The child is our first priority.
Not the needs of the family.
Not the child's "story."
Not the evidence.
Not the needs of the courts.
Not the needs of police, child protection, attorneys, etc.
The child is our first priority.

If a child discloses abuse to you, or if you suspect or have reason to believe a child is being abused or victimized, contact the Department of Family Services' Child Protective Services Unit Child Abuse Hotline: (703)771-KIDS (5437)