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2020 Women of Courage Virtual Luncheon

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Whether you are new to  Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) or you’ve attended this event in the past, we’d be honored to have you participate this year. The event will look a little different as we all congregate virtually, but the purpose is the same:

To ensure children have access to safety, justice, and healing in the face of abuse.

We are excited to bring you a reimagined and engaging event on August 20th, featuring a keynote from our Chief Executive Officer, Joy Rauls, appearances from several CACTX friends, and a milestone update on the future of CACTX.

This event is sure to provide you with renewed inspiration to help end child sexual abuse. 

Children's Advocacy Center of Texas presents the 2020 Women of Courage Virtual Luncheon

Thursday, August 20th at 11:30 a.m. 

Click here to register for the virtual Luncheon.

Click here to view the program.


Resources in Response to the Coronavirus Crisis

CACTX Resources: 

Hey Counselors: We Need Your Help with Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse- English  |  A Note for this Year's Camper- English  |  Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic- English & Spanish  |  Managing Stress During COVID-19: A Resource for Parents- English & Spanish  |  Teacher's Guide: Response to COVID-19- English  |  CACTX's CovidCast- Project Resiliency- Podcasts available in both English & Spanish  |  Virtual Event: Protecting Children from Abuse During Unusual Times- Recording  |  CEO Remarks from Virtual Event- English  |  Keeping Kids Safe Information Card- English  |  Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Card - English & Spanish  |  Signs of Child Abuse Card - English Spanish  |  A Texas School Employee Guide Brochure - English & Spanish

External Resources:  

Darkness to Light  |  Texas Association of School Administrators  |  Texas Department of Family and Protective Services  |  Texas Education Agency  |  National Children's Alliance

Resources for Parents: 

COVID-19: Help for Parents to Weather the Coronavirus Crisis  |  WHO: Healthy Parenting in the Time of COVID-19  |  American Academy of Pediatrics Advice for Parents Experiencing Stress Over COVID-19  |  Talking to Your Child About the Coronavirus   |  CDC: Stress and Coping During COVID-19  |  Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home  |  Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19 

The Texas Youth Helpline:

Call 1-800-989-6884, Text 512-872-5777 or Chat Online 

Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: Call 833-986-1919 – Available 24/7  


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Did you know:

Out of 59,919 child victims served at a CAC in Texas during state fiscal year 2019, 47%

were between the ages of 6 and 12.

Report Suspected Abuse
Call 1-800-252-5400 or 9-1-1

News & Events

Rauls: Child abuse more likely to go unreported during stay-at-home orders

For some children in Texas, home is not a safe place to be.

Since mid-March, much of the nation has been under some degree of “stay-at-home” orders. On March 31, Texans were asked to stay at home—except for essential workers—and school moved online. Like some of you, this meant I began homeschooling kids, managing a job and an organization remotely, while trying to interpret this new normal. On April 17, it was announced that schools would not resume regular operations for the remainder of the year, and social distancing was still very much encouraged, even as parts of the state began to reopen at the end of the month. While these efforts have been imperative to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, they have also fueled unsafe conditions for some children.

Fox 7 Discussions: Rise in severe child abuse, but decrease in reporting

Children’s Advocacy Center for Texas’ Christina Green joins Marcel Clarke to talk about the rising trend in child abuse.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Host 2nd Dream Big Blanket Wrapping Party

CACTX Women of Courage members participated in their 2nd Dream Big Blanket Wrapping Party at the Texas Governor’s Mansion! Members participated in a volunteer event where they assembled the Dream Big blankets that will be shipped to the participating CACs in the 2019 My Safe Space: A Room Makeover Project. Thank you to our host and Honorary Woman of Courage, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott!

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CACTX is dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those individuals and agencies who work with child abuse victims within CAC settings. As a central resource for information and technical assistance, we offer a broad array of educational opportunities for CAC personnel, board members and multidisciplinary team members.

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Thank You

Our partners ensure that CACTX continues to provide vital resources to children’s advocacy centers in Texas.

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