January Dedicated Offering for Children’s Advocacy Center of Hampshire County
Dedicated Offerings. suggested by both individuals and committees of our UU Society, provide a way for us to recognize and financially support worthy organizations engaged in projects that reflect our guiding Unitarian-Universalist principles.
Ninety percent child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know, love and trust. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before turning 18. One in five children is sexually solicited online. These alarming statistics demonstrate the clear and present danger child sexual abuse is to our children.
Since 2006, the Children’s Advocacy Center for Hampshire County has served over a thousand children and their families, offering a child-friendly, safe setting in which children and their non-offending family members receive support and crisis intervention. The Center and staff provide, free of charge, forensic interviews with child victims, medical evaluations, counseling and referrals, outreach education on child abuse prevention and advocacy, and support services.