In The Loop
June 2013
In This Issue
Act Now to Restore Funding to the Victims of Child Abuse Act
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse Call for Papers
Victim Advocacy Training
NCAC Offsite Trainings
NCVLI Polyvictims: Victims' Rights Enforcement as a Tool to Mitigate "Secondary Victimization" in the Criminal Justice System
Research Project Survey
What's New in CALiO?
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Upcoming 2013 Training Dates and Locations

Huntsville, AL
July 22-26
September 23-27
December 9-13
Nashville, TN
July 16-18
Santa Fe, NM
November 5-7
Philadelphia, PA
June 25-27
St. Louis, MO
September 17-19
Huntsville, AL
July 10-12
Huntsville, AL
October 9-10
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13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, 
Dublin, Ireland 
September 15-18, 2013


The conference theme is "Protecting Children in a Changing World" and includes the following sub-themes: 


Prevention of child abuse and neglect through early and sustained involvement 


Interventions and programs for children and families experiencing adversity 


Addressing children's rights and participation 


Reforms in child protection and welfare policy 


Children in and out of home care


Building the evidence base 


Contemporary issues  


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Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow - all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

In a recent issue of
Connections, the Boys and Girls Clubs newsletter, the National Children's Advocacy Center is highlighted as a "Resource to keep kids safe." 

is full of useful information for parents and youth serving organizations.

Read NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin's review of the book on Amazon


Do You Know?

In a 2012 study on children's memory for prior events, what percent of participants (ages 7-10) were accurate in identifying their age at the time of prior event?

A. 40%
B. 50%
C. 60%

Act Now to Restore Funding to the 

Victims of Child Abuse Act


Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) have been operating since 1985 and now number more than 800 in the United States, serving more than 276,000 children in 2012 alone.  These programs have historically been supported through one primary federal funding stream - the Victims of Child Abuse Act, which currently provides $19 million dollars to individual CACs, chapters, several training and technical assistance projects, and an accreditation program for CACs.  All of the published research has demonstrated positive practice outcomes for these programs and also cost-savings through this collaborative response to child abuse.  Amazingly, and despite  this overwhelming usage and evidence, the President's Budget for FY2014 eliminated all funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act for the second year in a row.  Dramatic efforts are underway to restore this funding, but it is a challenging time, given the economic lag which continues and the ongoing impact of sequestration.  No one within the President's Office, the Department of Justice, or the Office of Management and Budget has taken responsibility for this elimination of funding.  We fight daily against child abuse where often there are no answers to things which don't make sense, and typically this is at the hands of offenders.  Now, we are faced with similar unanswered questions at the hands of our government. Additionally, in the proposed budget, while eliminating funding for CACs, the Department of Justice is requesting $395 million in new gun related spending, $100 million in "second chance" funding for prisoners, $30 million in new neighborhood revitalization, and $8.6 billion for new prison facilities.  Everyone should be outraged by this decision, especially given the progress we have made over the past 25 years.   All indicators are that this investment has paid off and child sexual abuse has declined significantly over the past 20 years.  CACs are working, and shouldn't our government be investing in programs that work? If you are frustrated by this, please express your concern to your elected Senators and Representatives today, before it is too late.   Let them know you want the funding restored to protect our children.  They are our future and they are looking to us for guidance and protection.


Contact your Senators and Representatives Today 
Make plans to join us for the
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
in Huntsville, AL!
The National Symposium on Child Abuse is an informative and innovative multidisciplinary conference which offers more than 130 workshops presented by nationally-recognized experts from all facets of the child maltreatment field. The National Symposium on Child Abuse provides professionals with practical instruction, the latest research and information, and the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. Symposium is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child maltreatment including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poly-victimization, exploitation, intervention and prevention. The National Symposium on Child Abuse is a premiere conference that provides expert training and numerous networking opportunities to professionals in the child maltreatment field.


If you would like to submit an application to present a workshop at the 30th National Symposium, please click on the link above, complete the forms and follow the instructions for submission.


Deadline for applications to be received by NCAC has been extended to 

June 28, 2013.

Late submissions will not be accepted.


New in 2014

Focus on Prevention

The 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse will be offering a special Pre-Conference session, as well as additional workshops specifically designed to address child abuse and exploitation prevention.


For more information about this conference, 

please contact Marilyn Grundy at


Victim Advocacy Training is Filling Up Fast, 
this Training is Only Offered Once  this Year. 
Don't Miss Out, Register Today!


Who Should Attend: This training is designed for Victim Advocates working with children (and their families) who are potential victims of abuse. The training will concentrate on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job. 

Victim Advocacy Training will include foundational sessions on the dynamics of child abuse, the development and resolution of a crisis, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, and the importance of considering the child's family culture. Skill-based sessions will include crisis intervention, court preparation, and facilitation of caregiver education/support groups.


Training Location:                             Training Dates:  

              Huntsville, AL                                                   July 10-12, 2013



For more information about Victim Advocacy Training please contact  Amy Boyd at

In May, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin, gave a 2 -hour presentation, Best Practices in Managing Multiple Victim Child Sexual Abuse Cases, at the LAPD Chief's Conference on Investigation and Prosecuting Sexual Assault Crimes in Los Angeles, CA.  Chris Newlin also gave three presentations at the Protecting Delaware's Children Conference in Dover, DE including the Plenary presentation, The Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team.  


Chris Newlin also traveled to Richmond, VA in May to deliver the Keynote address, Do the Right Thing: The Impact and Value of Children's Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams at the 5th Annual Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Conference. 

In May,  NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele traveled to Brooklyn, NY to conduct two trainings for Safe Horizon CAC. Linda Cordisco Steele also presented several workshops in Utah at the Utah Children's Justice Symposium/UPC Domestic Violence Conference.

In order to provide more opportunities to attend trainings, the National Children's Advocacy Center will be conducting Advanced Forensic Interviewing Trainings and 
Extended Forensic Interview Trainings in selected cities around the country. 
July 16-18, Nashville, TN
November 5-7, Santa Fe, NM
June 25-27, Philadelphia, PA 
September 17-19, St. Louis, MO
 For questions about Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training and Extended Forensic Interview Training please contact Joy Davis at   
CAC of the Month
Children's  Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass
Lexington, Kentucky
Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is the creator of the Be the End public awareness campaign. Be the End focuses on the work of Child Advocacy Centers and encourages action to stop child abuse. Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass  partnered with Sassafras Marketing to create the campaign and distribute it  through print media, billboards, transit displays, and digital media.  All materials for the Be the End campaign are available for  CACs to use locally.


Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month

 Polyvictims: Victims' Rights Enforcement as a Tool to Mitigate "Secondary Victimization" in the Criminal Justice System
Persons who experience "polyvictimization" (multiple victimizations of different types) share many of the same concerns as other victims when accessing justice and seeking to recover from their victimization. But it is important for practitioners who work with polyvictims to recognize that this group of victims may experience these shared concerns in a different or heightened fashion, as well as face challenges unique to their status. This is true, in part, because polyvictims as a class are especially vulnerable to mental and physical health repercussions as a result of their victimization. As a result, if polyvictims experience victimization at the hands of the criminal justice system, often referred to as "secondary trauma" or "secondary victimization," they may experience significant trauma symptoms.  This full article is located in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full Text Open Access Publications section under the heading of Poly-victimization. 

Recruiting Participants in Research Project


Beth Reiman, a Doctoral student at City University of New York Graduate Center/Hunter College School of Social Work in New York is conducting her dissertation research on beliefs about disabilities and decision-making about credibility during child sexual abuse investigations.  Since children with disabilities are at a higher risk for being victims of child abuse, providing equal access to quality interviews for these children is critical.  Your participation in this study will help enhance understanding of how to insure that this occurs.


Once the data is collected and analyzed a written report will be made available.

If you are interested in helping with this important study, 

please read more about participation criteria.



Quote of the Month
"My father always taught me to appreciate what you're fortunate to have and give back to those who need it.  No part of our society is more important than the children, especially the ones who need our help."-Dan Marino
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   What's New in CALiO™?

(Child Abuse Library Online)


New to CALiO this month are two presentations by NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin.  "Grooming: Making You See What I Want You to See and Believe" focuses on recently published research on grooming related to child abuse and utilizing this research in identifying and classifying grooming behaviors.  "Do the Right Thing: The Impact and Value of CACs and MDTs" addresses the efficacy of CACs and MDTs and the impact they are having on the rates of child maltreatment. Both presentations, as well as many others, may be found in CALiO under Evidence Based Practices in section Research to Practice.
Also new to CALiO this month is the bibliography, "Temporal Aspects in Child Forensic Interviews."  This bibliography covers the literature (1977-2012) pertaining to temporal aspects of children's memories.  The bibliography may be found in CALiO under Evidence Based Practices in section Professional Bibliographies under the number 28