Straight Talk About Child Sexual Abuse

Raising a child comes with many responsibilities. Among them is the need to protect your children from sexual abuse. Keeping them away from known sex offenders in your community is one step, but because most cases of sexual abuse are never reported, how do you know who is safe? An estimated quarter to a third of sexual abuse incidents involve family members. Nearly 60 percent involve people that you or your child know and trust through school, sports, and other community activities. Less than 10 percent are strangers. 

Educating adults to recognize, prevent, and intervene in abuse situations is the only way that child sexual abuse will end. For more information, visit:

Enough Abuse Sacramento-Sierra Regional Campaign

Or click on the link below and download Straight Talk About Child Sexual Abuse. The guide will give you the information and skills you need to talk to the kids in your life. Armed with this new information, you can confidently help children grow up safe and free from sexual abuse and its devastating consequences.




What is Unlawful Corporal Punishment?

(California Penal Code:11165.4)

Willfully inflict any cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a minor. Corporal punishment is not in and of itself child abuse; it is if it causes internal or external injuries.

(Unintentional injuries occur more often when the parent is out of control or uses any object (i.e. switch, belt, spoon)  to administer the punishment.

Corporal punishment is reportable to Child Protective Services when:

  • It causes external and/or internal injuries to the child (i.e., a mark lasting more than two hours after the child is hit), OR could reasonably have been expected to cause internal/external injury. 
  • The parent or caretaker uses harsh disciplinary measures (cruel/unusual punishments) or impulsively uses “out of control” discipline (screaming profanity or humiliating language at child while repeatedly hitting with significant force or “venting” frustration on child).

Research  supports the  long-term negative effects of physical discipline, which can stunt a child’s normal development. 

The Child Abuse Prevention Center does not promote corporal punishment as a form of child discipline because we adhere to positive discipline strategies. For positive parenting tips, click here.

  • Positive parenting classes can be found at Birth & Beyond Community Response (family resource center) sites.  Click here to find a family resource center near you,.
  • For more information, call our Child Abuse Information & Referral Line at (916) 244-1906.



Positive Parental Discipline.pdf



Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations

Thank you to Sacramento County Board Supervisor Phil Serna for convening a Blue Ribbon Commission to report on the disproportionate number of deaths of African American children in Sacramento County. The Commission’s goal was to formulate recommendations for the Board of Supervisor’s consideration to end this chronic tragedy.

After eighteen months of study - collecting and compiling data, interviewing community members, and conducting focus groups - the report was released and presented to the Board of Supervisors. Sheila Boxley, President and CEO of the CAP Center, presented the information on behalf of the Blue Ribbon Commission.

African American children die at a rate two times higher than children of other races in Sacramento County. For two decades, known data has been reported that African American children in Sacramento County die at disproportionally high rates when compared to children of other races. In effect, a full generation of children has grown up, or has not been able to, during that period. In 2011, County Supervisor Phil Serna created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Disproportionate African American Child Deaths (Blue Ribbon Commission), and the group accepted the charge to change that history by working for the last eighteen months to develop the recommendations contained in this report. The recommendations are a call to action, a challenge to us all, to stop looking the other way; to commit to all children with our collective resources, financial and otherwise; to do the right thing.

Representatives from the Sheriff and District Attorney’s office, a church deacon, parents, a medical doctor, the CEO of a major foundation, nonprofit leaders and many more passionate community members urged the Board of Supervisors to take action and make a commitment to prevent the senseless deaths of African American children.

The Commission developed a set of recommendations that will reduce African American child deaths by 10% to 20% over the next five years through targeting the most disproportionate causes of death for these children: third-party homicides, infant sleep-related deaths, child abuse and neglect homicides, and perinatal conditions.

Thank you to Sierra Health Foundation, First 5 Sacramento and Sacramento County for underwriting the project. Below is a copy Sheila Boxley’s presentation. Click here to read more from the Sacramento Bee.

Photo: Supervisors Phil Serna and Susan Peters

Blue Ribbon Report 2013.pdf
BOS Blue Ribbon Presentation.pdf



The 2014 CAP Center PAC List of Candidate Endorsements

Political Endorsements through the CAP Center Political Action Committee are the result of a deliberate process to vet the candidates and ascertain their level of priorities. This endorsement list recognizes and publicly supports candidates who understand the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention efforts and are committed to protecting California's most vulnerable children.


CAP PAC 2014 Endorsements

  • Doug Ose, Congressional District 7
  • Jim Wood, Assembly District 2
  • David Chiu, Assembly District 17
  • Bonnie Garcia, State Senate 28
  • Mike Gipson, Assembly District 64
  • Rocky Chavez, Assembly District 76 (endorsed in 2012)
  • Ian Calderon, Assembly District 57 (endorsed in 2012)
  • Ken Cooley, Assembly District 8 (endorsed in 2012)
  • Bill Monning, Senate District 17 (endorsed in 2012)



The ABC's of Infant Safe Sleeping

A Tragedy We Can Prevent

Every other week in Sacramento County, a baby dies while sleeping. These babies are found:

  • sleeping somewhere other than a crib                                                                        
  • sleeping with their parents, grandparents or other caregivers                                             
  • sleeping with their brother, sister or other children

To prevent these tragic deaths, make sure your baby is safe during sleep, both day and night. Learn the ABC's of infant safe sleeping. It could save your baby's life. To view a short video click here.

The ABC's of Infant Safe Sleeping

A for Alone

  • Put baby to sleep alone in their own crib or bassinet.
  • Don't put baby to bed with other children or adults. They can accidently suffocate a baby by lying too close to the baby's mouth or nose, or rolling onto them while asleep.
  • Keep all soft items away from the baby when sleeping in crib or bassinet. Babies should not sleep with stuffed animals, pillows or blankets - soft items could accidently fall over a baby's face and suffocate them.
  • A blanket sleeper or sleep sack will keep a baby comfortable. Don't use heavy blankets or quilts that may overheat the baby.

B for Back

  • Put babies to sleep on their backs. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of infant sleep-related deaths.
  • Teach other mothers, grandmothers and those who care for your baby that "back to sleep" is safest for babies.
  • "Back to sleep" will not increase a baby's risk of choking according to doctors.

C for Crib

  • Cribs and bassinets are the safest places for babies to sleep.
  • Cribs should be free of pillows, bumpers, stuffed toys, blankets or anything that could accidently cover your baby's face and suffocate them.
  • Make sure the crib mattress is firm and fits snuggly with no space between the mattress and the side of the crib where the baby could become trapped.
  • Unlike firm crib mattresses, adult beds are soft and can cause babies to suffocate. 
  • Always return your baby to their crib after nursing. To make breastfeeding easier, keep a crib or bassinet next to your bed.
  • Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their baby should discuss infant safe sleeping with their lactation consultant.


"Remember your ABC's - make sure your baby sleeps Alone, on their Back, in a Crib or bassinet." Pediatrician

"We make sure our new baby sleeps safely, day and night, by placing her on her back in her own crib." New parent

"Putting your baby to bed on their back in a safe crib or bassinet will help everyone in the family get a healthier night's sleep." Grandparent


The ABC's of Infant Safe Sleeping.pdf



Become Involved

Help Fund Prevention Programs

Preventing child abuse is an investment in children. From infants to teens, children should live safely. The need for funding proven programs that make a difference is critical as the need for services increases. From providing a crib so a baby can sleep safely to helping a foster youth graduate from high school, to preventing sexual abuse and neglect of our children is of the utmost importance. 

There are many types of opportunities to support the Child Abuse Prevention Center in its efforts to keep children safe. Become involved and make a donation for the life of a child. Find what works for you and help prevent child abuse today. 

  • Make a donation securely online.
  • Send a check made payable to the CAP Center, 4700 Roseville Road, North Highlands California, 95660.

A Night at Screeching Owl Ranch

Live music, wine from California vintners; enjoy a “Screeching Owl” designed by a mixologist, and experience “The Chef’s Favorites” as top chefs prepare their favorite specialty with the freshest ingredients found locally, all to keep children safe. Sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $10,000. A limited number of tickets will be sold at $100. Call (916) 244-1927 or for more information. Coming August 23, Clarksburg California.

Save Mart Supermarkets

Next time you shop at Save Mart, SMART Foods, Food Max or Lucky – just hand the cashier your S.H.A.R.E.S. card before the beginning of your transaction. Your transaction will earn the CAP Center 3% on qualified purchases. Please distribute the cards to your friends and families. Your S.H.A.R.E.S. card will help fund child abuse prevention programs. Call (916) 244-1921 to get a card.

More Ways to Give

Vehicle Donation: Has your car seen better days? Instead of selling or trading in your used car, truck, motorcycle, RV, you can donate it. We make the process simple.

Stocks, Real Estate: Are you thinking of donating stocks, real estate or other assets? Make plans with your financial advisor and make a difference today for the life of a child.

Workplace Giving: Does your employer offer a Workplace Giving Campaign and matched gifts? Check with your employer. You designate how much you would like to contribute and how often. The gift is taken directly from your pay so you don’t have to do a thing and employers often will match the gift.

In Honor Of: Are you having a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion but don’t want or need gifts? Then consider asking your friends and family to make a donation to the CAP Center in lieu of a gift to help prevent child abuse. A donation to the CAP Center is a gift for the life of a child.

For More Information: or (916) 244-1927



For the Life of a Child Special Event

Winning Tickets

Winning Tickets:

  • Tim Lincecum Jersey, Ticket 1588
  • Destination Science Camp, Ticket 1086
  • Montano de El Dorado Shopping Plaza Experience, Ticket 1818
  • Spare Time Clubs Membership, Ticket 0184
  • Wine Package, Ticket 1681
  • River Cats Package, Ticket 0909
  • "Kids Rule Table & Chairs", Ticket 0318
  • Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Package, Ticket 3646
  • Meet a Hollywood “A Lister” with Mark S. Allen, Ticket 1862
  • Fun from Red Hawk Casino, Ticket 4494
  • Prize Package from Center from Dermatology and Laser Surgery, Ticket 4538
  • $500 Visa Gift Card, Ticket 3918
  • $500 Target Gift Card, Ticket 1793
  • Flat Screen TV,  Roxie Deli, Sacramento Republic FC, Ticket 1697
  • Leatherby’s Family Creamery Party, Ticket 0942
  • Marital Arts Training, Ticket 1808
  • 4 Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma Thunder Tickets on April 8th, Ticket 4589
  • 14K Yellow Gold Bracelet, Ticket 2171
  • Cocktail Ring, Ticket 1860
  • “Dinner for 8” at the “Chef's Table”, Ticket 4429
  • Lease on a 2014 GLK350 Mercedes-Benz, Ticket 1413
  • 2 Sacramento  Kings and Timberwolves tickets, Signed Jimmer Fredette Jersey, Ticket 3632
  • $500 of catering from Chipolte Mexican Grill, Ticket 2599

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters! CBS 13 / CW 31Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Point C, Cannady Ford Family Fund for the Sacramento Region Community FoundationDreyer Family, Jones Family, Holloway Land Company, Turning Point Community ProgramsMcNally Temple AssociatesCouncilmember Steve Cohn-City of Sacramento, PSOMASParty City Folsom, The Press Bistro, Bank of the West, Sacramento Zoo, Kaplan University, Grant Bennett Associates

Prize Distribution: Prizes will be awarded the week of March 24, 2014. For questions about prize distribution contact Linda Stiles at (916) 244-1980 or

Per IRS rules, winners of prizes with a fair market value of $600 or more will be required to submit a W 9, (provided by CAP Center), for tax withholding purposes prior to delivery of the prize. Winners of prizes with a fair market that exceeds $5,000, after deducting the cost of the raffle ticket, will be required to pay 25% withholding tax prior to taking delivery of the prize.



ABC's of Drowning Prevention

Nationally, drowning ranks second only to automobile crashes, claiming the lives of approximately 4,000 children each year and leaving another 12,000 with some form of permanent brain damage.

Drowning deaths increase up to 89% in the summer months. Help protect your children from these preventable tragedies. Learn the ABCs of drowning prevention. Your child’s life depends on it.

ABCs of Drowning Prevention
A for Adult Supervision

  • Adult supervision is key to drowning prevention. Always assign a “water watcher” who knows how to swim.
  • Provide active adult supervision 100% of the time when children are in or near the water. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
  • Children under 5 should be kept within arm’s reach while in water.
  • Water wings, noodles, inner-tubes and life jackets should never take the place of adult supervision for children ages 0-5.
  • Know where your children are at all times. 69% of children who drowned in swimming pools were not supposed to be in or around the water. If a child is missing, check the pool first.

B for Barriers

  • Put in, check and always use a child-proof barrier around your pool/spa area.
  • The only proven effective barrier is a 5 foot tall non-climbable fence with self-closing, self-latching gates that separates the pool from the house and yard.
  • Remove toys from, in or around the pool area — they attract young children to the pool.
  • Keep chairs, tables and other climbable items away from the
    pool barrier.

C for CPR & Classes

  • Learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and rescue breathing.
  • Call 911. Start CPR and rescue breathing at pool side — this can save a life while the ambulance is on the way.
  • Make sure all children and adults in your family go to swim lessons and water safety training. But remember these classes do not take the place of the need for adult supervision and barriers.
  • To find swim classes ask at a local community pool, family resource center, or parks and recreation district locations.
  • To find CPR classes contact your local Red Cross chapter, family resource center, or American Heart Association.

Drowning Prevention.pdf



CDC Reports Child Abuse is Major Public Health Issue

Child Abuse Studies

CDC News: Child Abuse - $124 billion annually! Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its findings declaring child abuse as a major public health problem with a price tag of $124 billion similar to diabetes and stroke.

Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed 1,740 fatal and 579,000 nonfatal cases of child maltreatment over the course of one year. The investigators found that the lifetime cost for each victim of nonfatal child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) was $210,012. That's higher than the per-person life time cost of stroke $159,846) and similar to the per-person cost of type 2 diabetes (between $181,000 and $253,000).

"No child should ever be the victim of abuse or neglect - nor do they have to be. The human and financial costs can be be prevented through prevention of maltreatment", Lind Degutis, director of CCD's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in an agency news release.

To read more on the report visit the CDC's website or check out MSN, WebMD, US News many major news outlets who have been reporting on the CDC's report.

YaleStudy, Reported by MSNBC:  Nearly 4,600 U.S. children were hospitalized with broken bones, traumatic brain injury and other serious damage caused by physical abuse in 2006, according to a new report.

Babies younger than one were the most common victims, with 58 cases per 100,000 infants. That makes serious abuse a bigger threat to infant safety than SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, researchers say in the report.

"There is a national campaign to prevent SIDS," said Dr. John Leventhal of Yale University, who led the new study. "We need a national campaign related to child abuse where every parent is reminded that kids can get injured."

The new study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, is the first broad U.S. estimate of serious injuries due to child abuse.

Based on data from the 2006 Kids' Inpatient Database, the last such numbers available, Leventhal's team found that six out of every 100,000 children under 18 were hospitalized with injuries ranging from burns to wounds to brain injuries and bone fractures.

The children spent an average of one week in the hospital; 300 of them died.

The rate of abuse was highest among children under one, particularly if they were covered by Medicaid, the government's health insurance for the poor. One out of every 752 of those infants landed in the hospital due to maltreatment.

"Medicaid is just a marker of poverty, and poverty leads to stress," said Leventhal, who is the medical director of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Child Abuse Program.

Last year, a study from four U.S. states showed a clear spike in abusive brain injuries following the financial crash in late 2007, a finding researchers chalked up to the added pressure on parents.

In that study, too, toddlers appeared to be at higher risk. That led researchers to suggest the maltreatment might have been triggered by crying.

If a caretaker shakes a baby violently to make him or her stop crying, they can cause "shaken baby syndrome," in which the brain bumps up against the skull and starts bleeding.

Leventhal said babies may also be more vulnerable that older kids.
"The most serious injuries tend to be in the younger kids," he told Reuters Health.

The researchers estimate that the hospitalizations cost about $73.8 million in 2006, although that's only a fraction of the overall cost of abuse to society.

"This is a serious problem that affects young children," said Leventhal, whose team is now examining more recent data to refine the findings. "We need to figure out a way to help parents do better."

Call to action:

Child abuse is preventable and is not acceptable. Children and future generations of children are counting on us to end this tragedy.

Please get involved and get inspired. Consider a contribution to help fund prevention programs and education. Click here to make a secure donation online.

Make a contribution to honor your child or a wonderful parent.

Make a statement and do something bold in April which is international Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Ask child abuse prevention advocates what you do to prevent child abuse.

Speak to your elected officials on behalf of children.



Monique's Room

There is a training room at the CAP Center in memory of a child that was killed by her parents in a horrific case of child abuse. The room's name was inspired by the Roger and Carol Dreyer family. Roger and Carol are well respected attorneys with a loving family. Roger is a past president of the CAP Center and serves on the Board of Directors. The CAP Center successfully completed a capital campaign to purchase the building which is home to the CAP Center's three agencies. Roger and Carol launched the capital campaign by presenting the CAP Center with its lead gift. With the gift came the opportunity to name a training room. While beginning his law career Roger worked as the prosecutor in the Deneva Monique Beacham case. In 1980, Roger prosecuted the parents the first time they were tried for child abuse when Monique was only three months old. Monique's parents served six months in jail for this crime. Three years later, Monique's parents beat her to death. Monique's life made a lasting impression on Roger, he never forgot Monique. Thus, without hesitation the Dreyer family honored the precious three years old child and a training room where thousands are taught how to keep children safe is simply known as "Monique's Room."

Monique's Room (the following inscription adorns a plaque in honor of Monique)

Deneva Monique Beacham was killed by her parents on December 14, 1983, a tiny victim of preventable child abuse. She was three years old. 

Monique suffered throughout her short life at the hands of her parents, who had also been abused as children. Earlier, when she was just three months old, her parents were jailed for abusing Monique and her three older siblings. After her parent's release, the children were returned-with no parental education, support or guidance to break the cycle of abuse or prevent future injury. The abuse continued and Monique died. 

The people who gather in this room are dedicated to protecting children like Monique by educating parents, nurturing families and focusing on prevention so the most vulnerable among us are never again failed or forgotten.