Spotlight Shines Light on Child Sex Abuse

Spotlight Shines Light on Child Sex Abuse

At the 2016 Academy Awards, Spotlight won the award for Best Picture. This movie tells the story of Boston Globe investigative journalists who exposed the Roman Catholic Church’s cover up of child sexual abuse. The abuse had been happening for decades.

Spotlight shared one community’s story of child sexual abuse. The reality is this devastating problem goes far beyond one community and the walls of the Catholic Church. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “Child sexual abuse can take place within the family, by a parent, step-parent, sibling or other relative; or outside the home, for example, by a friend, neighbor, child care person, teacher, or stranger.” Child abuse can happen anywhere.

Studies report as much as one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) acknowledges the prevalence of child abuse and actively works to minimize trauma and maximize healing for victims. In 2015 alone, the CAC served more than 800 children in North and Northwest Cook County. The CAC is the leading resource to empower and heal the abused child and prevent violence against children.

Spotlight presents an opportunity to talk about child abuse and what you can do to prevent it. After all, child sexual abuse is a preventable problem. Please join the CAC in standing up against child abuse. Help now!


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