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

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

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!

U.S. Senator John Cornyn Visits CAC and Discusses Child Sexual Abuse Training Legislation

U.S. Senator John Cornyn Visits CAC and Discusses Child Sexual Abuse Training Legislation

CACTX and the Center for Child Protection hosted U.S. Senator John Cornyn for a roundtable on April 17th to discuss the importance of training on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child sexual abuse. Senator Cornyn recently filed the Jenna Quinn Law that would authorize federal funding for training programs, like those at Texas CACs, via federal grants through the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. This new funding opportunity could help sustain our CAC network’s ability to ensure school employees, parents, children, and community members are trained in preventing, recognizing, and reporting abuse.

Joy Rauls Talks Preventing Child Abuse

Joy Rauls Talks Preventing Child Abuse

CACTX CEO Joy Rauls was featured on Spectrum News Austin’s In Focus for Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. Joy spoke about the vital part we all play in keeping children safe and the continuing impact of the Texas CAC network.