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:
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?
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:
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 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
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:
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
B for Back
C for Crib
KEEP YOU BABY SAFE DURING SLEEP
"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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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For the Life of a Child Special Event
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters! CBS 13 / CW 31, Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Point C, Cannady Ford Family Fund for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Dreyer Family, Jones Family, Holloway Land Company, Turning Point Community Programs, McNally Temple Associates, Councilmember Steve Cohn-City of Sacramento, PSOMAS, Party 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
B for Barriers
C for CPR & Classes
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.
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 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.
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