In the Loop
February 2014
In This Issue
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
NCAC Training Center International Training
100 Best Practices in Child Protection
Sexting and Sexual Behavior in At-Risk Adolescents
What's New in CALiO
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Children suffering from multiple forms of victimization do not experience higher anxiety and psychological distress than children exposed to chronic victimization of a single type.


30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
March 24-27, 2014
Huntsville, Alabama


Five Reasons You Should be at Symposium this Year


1. Three Dynamic In-depth Pre-conference Sessions

2. John E.B. Myers, JD - Keynote Speaker - Opening Plenary Session


3. Forensic Interviewing Peer Review Round Table Forum

4. Karol Mason, JD,  Assistant Attorney General - Keynote Speaker - Luncheon 

    Plenary Session


5. Focus on Prevention



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30th National Symposium on Child Abuse 


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International Training 
The National Children's Advocacy Center has been a leading provider of exceptional training, technical assistance, and resources for professionals working with abused children and their families for the past 30 years, reaching more than 70,000 professionals from the United States and 33 countries.

NCAC continues to champion efforts throughout the world by sharing critical knowledge and expertise with the international community to develop an effective response to child abuse.

During the past decade the international community has increasingly implemented the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) concept of the CAC model, and there are now CACs functioning in 19 countries and developing in an additional 20 countries. 
For information regarding International Training opportunities and costs, 
contact Joy Davis at

In January,  NCAC  Executive Director, Chris Newlin, and NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, traveled to Guyana to provide training on how to develop CACs and improve interviewing practices.  Chris presented the training, "Multidisciplinary Response to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation," while Linda conducted a "Forensic Interviewing of Children Training."


Also in January, NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele co-presented two workshops, "Interviewing Children When Sexualized Behavior and/or Unclear Statement Precipitate a Forensic Interview Request," with Miriam Wolf and, "Extended Assessments/Forensic Evaluations When There are Concerns About Child Abuse: Current State of the Art and Science," with Kathleen Faller at the 28th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment.  Also presenting at the conference was Karen Hangartner, Outreach Coordinator for Southern Regional CAC with a workshop titled, "Creating a Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Team."
100 Best Practices in Child Protection
Children are among our most vulnerable populations. The injustices many children suffer are unspeakable and occur in all corners of the globe, in all walks of life. The term "child protection" is very broad and can encompass a wide range of issues.

The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children encourage the dissemination of information on child protection best practices. This guide is intended to offer examples of some successful initiatives undertaken by civil society organizations as well as individuals and government agencies concerned with protecting children around the world. This full guide
 is located in CALiO under Evidence-Based Practices in the Best Practices and Guidelines section.
CAC of the Month
Children's Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Scranton, Pennsylvania

On November 14, 2013, the Children's Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania opened the Teen Advocacy Center, the first of its kind in the nation, which will serve the Northeast region's victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse and neglect between the ages of 13 and 18. The Teen Advocacy Center, located adjacent to CAC/NEPA, will provide the same forensic medical and forensic interview services as well as in-house trauma therapy previously offered to adolescents in the CAC. Now, all services will be provided in an environment designed exclusively for teenagers. In addition to forensic medical, forensic interview ,and observation rooms, the TAC has a Teen Library complete with selected titles and resources to assist victims in the healing process. "In our 15th year of service, the Board of Directors made a decision to open a Center specifically dedicated to the teenagers of our region," said Mary Ann LaPorta, Executive Director. "The addition of this vital space will allow the CAC/NEPA multidisciplinary team to serve teen victims in a comforting and confidential environment."  
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
Sexting and Sexual Behavior in At-Risk Adolescents
This study aimed to examine the prevalence of sexting behaviors (sexually explicit messages and/or pictures) among an at-risk sample of early adolescents, as well as, the associations between sexting behaviors and sexual behaviors, risk-related cognitions, and emotional regulation skills. It also aimed to determine whether differences in risk were associated with text-based versus photo-based texts. This study found that sexting behavior (both photo and text messages) was not uncommon among middle school youth and co-occurred with sexual behavior. These data suggest that phone behaviors, even flirtatious messages, may be an indicator of risk. Clinicians, parents, and health programs should discuss sexting with early adolescents.  This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Sexualization of Children.
Quote of the Month

"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
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New to CALiO this month is the Prevention Fact Sheet, "As a Matter of Fact: Maltreated Children: The High Risk of Poly-victimization."  This fact sheet highlights research findings showing that poly-victimization (exposure to multiple forms of victimization) is highly correlated and shows indicators of traumatic stress in children.  The Fact Sheet is located in CALiO in the Evidence Based Practice in the Prevention Fact Sheets and Public Awareness Tools section.  All of NCAC's fact sheets are designed to be used as a public awareness tool by any organization, community, or individual.  They may be downloaded, printed, and distributed as needed.

Also new to CALiO this month is the report, "When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming's Safe Sport Program."  The report is an assessment of the reforms implemented after 2010, including extensive review of documents and interviews with survivors of abuse.  This report is located in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Resources and Tools for Child Serving Professionals section under the heading of For Sports, Arts, Faith-based and other Community Organizations.

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