What every parent should know about child abuse
Children's Cove - Cape and the Island Advocacy Center's awareness campaign
Children's Cove is a freestanding, child-friendly facility designed to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending family members have access to support and services in a safe, respectful, and compassionate environment.
We are committed to reducing the trauma endured by child victims, promoting accountability, fostering healing, and advocating on behalf of child victims of sexual abuse and physical abuse.
Every SIX minutes, a child in the United Stated is sexually abused.
"It won't happen in my family."
"I live in a great neighborhood. This wouldn't happen here."
"My child tells me everything. They would certainly tell me if they were abused."
Signs and Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse
While there is no one true indicator that can tell you if your child has been sexually abused, there are often warning signs that your child may exhibit. In some cases, there may be no outward signs of abuse beyond what a child will hopefully tell you.
Children's Cove and other community agencies offer services to help children and non-offending family members overcome the effects of trauma. Children react differently depending upon their age, nature and extent of the abuse suffered, support from others and their relationship with the offender. The single most important factor affecting the child's recovery is the level of support the child receives from a parent or caregiver. It is that simple. If you do everything you can to support your child, the chances of recovery are much greater. If you feel torn between loyalty to your child and loyalty to the offender, find a professional to help you sort it out immediately. (Remember that the victim is your child. The abuser chose his/her actions.)
To learn more about how you can spot child abuse and how you can help in our efforts here on Cape Cod to stop it, see their website.