In the Loop
July 2013
In This Issue
National Crime Victims' Service Award Nominations
Restore Funding to the Victims of Child Abuse Act
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse Pre-Conference Sessions
St. Louis Extended Forensic Interview Training
Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking
A Rapid Evidence Assessment on the Effects that Access and Exposure to Pornography has on Children and Young People
Polaris Project
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
St. Louis, MO
September 17-19
Huntsville, AL
October 9-10
Available Upon Request


The National Children's Advocacy Center was asked by the Office for Victims of Crime to help get the word out about the 
2014 National Crime Victims' Service Awards 
  Each April, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week by promoting victims' rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. 


Please consider nominating an individual or program deserving of a National Crime Victims' Service Award. Nominations are due September 4, 2013.


Ask your colleagues to consider posting a Web ad about the National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period on their Website. Direct visitors to the Web Ad Gallery. Ads are available in English and Spanish. Posting and associated instructions are provided.


STM Learning products are considered to be the most trusted scientific, technical, and medical resources available to aid in efforts to identify, report, treat, and prevent child maltreatment and domestic violence. 

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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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Do You Know?


A 2011 study (Seto, Hanson, & Babchishin) found that approximately what percent of online child pornography offenders also had an officially known "contact sexual offense" history?


A. 12%

B. 18%

C. 24%


CALiO IQ Answer

Have you signed the petition to restore funding to the 
Victims of Child Abuse Act Yet?

Bud Cramer's recent announcement that the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations (CJS) subcommittee has recommended $19 million dollars for the Victims of Child Abuse Act in the FY2014 budget shows that our hard work and advocacy on behalf of children is paying off.  This is just the first step in restoring funding to the Victims of Child Abuse Act, we still have a long way to go to get the funding restored in the Senate's proposed budget, the bill passed through both full Appropriations Committees and both Chambers of Congress.
If you have not already signed the petition, please do so now.  If you have, please ask your friends, family, and peers to sign.  Please continue to contact your legislators to let them know how important this funding is.  

We all need to let our government know how important this funding is for our children, our nation, and our future.  


Joined together, our voices will be too loud to be ignored.


Sign Now


Make plans to join us for the
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
in Huntsville, Alabama!
In conjunction with the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
three dynamic pre-conference sessions will be offered on 
Monday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sexual Behavior Problems in Youth: The Role of CACs in Treatment, and Management of Youth, Victims and Families- Jane Silovsky, PhD and Jimmy Widdifield, MA
  • How YOU Can Prevent Cyber Bullying, Sexting, Social Media Issues and Tomorrow's Cyber Challenges- Richard Guerry
  • Child Sexual Exploitation: Scope of the Problem and Possibilities of Prevention-Sharon Cooper, MD and Cordelia Anderson, MA
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. 

New in 2014

Focus on Prevention

The 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse will offer 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


Extended Forensic Interview Training
 September 17-19, 2013
St. Louis, MO


Expand your interviewing skills with NCAC's Extended Forensic Interview Training.  Learn the many benefits of implementing an extended forensic interview protocol in your community.


An Extended Forensic Interview (EFI) is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child's ability to participate in a single-session interview.  


Who Should Attend:

This training is designed for mental health clinicians or other professionals (such as forensic interviewers) with knowledge of child development, the impact of trauma on memory and development, and the dynamics of child abuse.



Training Location               Training Dates
         St. Louis, MO                     September 17-19, 2013


 Register Now 


 For more information about 

Extended Forensic Interview Training 

please contact Joy Davis at


In June, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin,  was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee.   The mission of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee is to build effective leadership, strategies, and practices to enable law enforcement to protect children and reduce juvenile crime, delinquency, and victimization.
Chris Newlin delivered two presentations, Expanding Our Reach and Impact: Collaboration Opportunities for Children's Advocacy Centers and Civil Victim's Attorneys; and Children's Advocacy Centers: An Evidence-Based Victims' Rights Oriented Response to Child Abuse, at the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Constructing Justice Conference in Portland, OR.  
NCAC Trainers, Linda Cordisco Steele and Andra Chamberlin, had a very busy month in June, conducting trainings in Philadelphia, PA; Woburn, MA; Baton Rouge, LA; Bowling Green, KY; and Boise, ID.
Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking
Center for the Human Rights for Children, 
Loyola University Chicago 
International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)

Human trafficking is arguably one of the most disturbing human rights abuses of our time. The purpose of the Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking project is to build the capacity of state and private child welfare agencies to respond to human trafficking cases involving children. This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publication section under the heading of Trafficking and Worldwide Abuse.
CAC of the Month
Walker County Child Advocacy Center
Jasper, Alabama
Through the hard work and generosity of their community, the Walker County Child Advocacy Center has been able to purchase a property to call home.  Before now, child victims in Walker County had to wait in line for an opening to be interviewed at CACs over an hour away, holding up investigations and delaying prosecution in many cases. 
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.

A Rapid Evidence Assessment On the Effects that Access and Exposure to Pornography has on Children and Young People

This Rapid Evidence Assessment was commissioned by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England as part of its Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups. It was conducted by a consortium led by Middlesex University, to explore the effects that exposure and access to pornography have on children and young people. Professionals from many agencies reported particular concerns about the effects of pornography involving high levels of degradation, violence and humiliation, which they believe to be prevalent in material freely available online. This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publication section under the heading of Internet Victimization.


The National Children's Advocacy Center is collaborating with the Polaris Project, a project of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, to provide information and resources to spread awareness and help end human trafficking.  Resources from the Polaris Project have been added to CALiO (Child Abuse Library Online) under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publication section under the heading of Trafficking and Worldwide Abuse for quick access.  

To learn more about the Polaris Project and what you can do to help end 

human trafficking, visit the Polaris Project website.

Quote of the Month
"There can be no better measure of our governance than the way we treat our children, and no greater failing on our part than to allow them to be subjected to violence, abuse or exploitation."
- Jessica Lange, Actress
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   What's New in CALiO™ ?

(Child Abuse Library Online)


New to CALiO this month is the bibliography, "Child Pornography: Victims, Victimizers, and Victimization." This bibliography provides literature on pornography consumers, with emphasis upon relation to contact offenses, the harm done to the child victims of pornography, and the possible effects upon adolescents who view pornography.  The bibliography may be found in CALiO under Evidence Based Practices in section  Professional Bibliographies under the number 9.
Also new to CALiO this month is the report published by the Office for Victims of Crime, "Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services-Final Report." This is a comprehensive assessment of the victim assistance field and provides an awareness for the need for real change in the role of victim services in the Nation's overall efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of communities.  The report is located in CALiO in the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full Text Open Access Publications section under the heading of General Publications on Child Abuse.