The CSC provides services and support for alleged child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Washington County. Today, the CSC is comprised of an executive director, program director, forensic interviewer, two child advocates, a bilingual child advocate, development director, mental health therapist and a sexual assault nurse examiner. This group of professionals help in the treatment of alleged child abuse victims by bringing together the services of law enforcement, child protection professionals, and health practitioners. The CSC team ensures all agencies work together so that the child’s needs are met in a discreet, comforting, and nonthreatening manner, making the process more efficient and less traumatizing for the child.
The CSC team has helped more than 8,000 children, in the last 18 years. In 2014 the Children's Safety Center provided advocacy to 552 children; 498 forensic interviews were conducted at the CSC; 123 forensic medical exams were provided at the CSC; and 172 children received on-site therapy totaling 1,285 sessions. All of the services at the CSC are provided free of charge.
Do you recall when you were a child, not being able to wait to get home from school? Hopefully, you were able to play innocently with your family in the yard, sit down for dinner, and have your parents tuck you in wishing you goodnight. This is not the reality for most of the children who are brought to the Children’s Safety Center. These children do not want to leave school because they know they will not be safe at home, or in their yard, or when they are sleeping at night. Given the statistics, your child is much more likely to be molested than to be hit by a car when crossing the street.
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