Community Outreach and Prevention
The CAC strives to increase public awareness of child sexual abuse through Outreach and Prevention.
Our staff and volunteers are frequently invited to make presentations to schools, civic organizations, religious organizations and other social service agencies to educate professionals and parents about issues relating to child sexual abuse. We continue to provide extensive community outreach including educational programs, community and professional trainings and expert court testimony.
In order to prevent child abuse in our community, each of us must educate ourselves about abuse and make a personal commitment to stand up for children. We must do this as individuals, organizations, and, ultimately, as a community. If you are a school professional, parent, or person working for children, and want to discuss ways to keep children safe, please contact us at (713) 986-3482 or email Martha.Vieco-Garcia@cac.hctx.net.
School programs are designed to empower children to help them learn safety skills, identify adults that can help them if they feel unsafe, and TELL an adult if someone is hurting them. We believe that teaching kids that their body belongs to them is just a start.
To further help you in discussing these issues with children, we have developed a comprehensive list of books and websites. Your local library and bookstore can help you locate these books.
Child Sexual Abuse is everyone's business and it is preventable. Learn how you can stop the cycle of child sexual abuse:
- Know the statistics.
- Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of child abuse.
- React Responsibly.
- Report Abuse.
- Volunteer at or support an agency that helps childre
- Start talking to your children at an early age and talk often about their bodies and how to protect themselves.
- P.S. It’s My Body: A Prevention Program for Children Pre-K to 5th Grade (30 minutes - 1 hour)
- NetSmartz: A Internet Safety Program for Kindergarten through 12th Grade (1 hour)
- Darkness to Light: Adults Protecting Children from Child Sexual Abuse (2 hours) *Fee required if not attending at The CAC.
- Youth Camp Training - What Every Camp Counselors Needs to know About Child Sexual Abuse. *Fee required. For more information click here!
For more information contact Martha @ Martha.Vieco-Garcia@cac.hctx.net.
Upcoming Prevention Events at The CAC!
Internet Safety for Families
Do you find yourself asking: What are the risks for my children online? How can I protect my children online?
NetSmartz will be offered for parents followed by a Q&A session with professionals working internet crimes in Harris County, while children ages 5-17 attend an age appropriate NetSmartz Training.
Attendees will receive extensive educational on internet safety, facts about online risks, cyber bullying, reporting and more.
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children
Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children is an interactive sexual abuse prevention training program. Ending childhood sexual abuse can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. This, in turn, builds momentum and over time, changes the way our nation and culture cares for, protects and nurtures our children. Being an active participant in the mission to end childhood sexual abuse is one of the most rewarding things we will ever do – and we cannot do it without you.
Learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. Children’s safety should not rest on their shoulders but on the shoulders of caring adults.
D2L’s Stewards of Children curriculum is evidence-based and increases knowledge, improves attitudes and supports protecting children from child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children. You will leave the training with the desire and ability to make change happen.
The two-hour Stewards of Children training is offered at The Children's Assessment Center and can also be provided at your location.
Upcoming Training Dates
For more information please contact Martha at 713-986-3482 or Martha.Vieco-Garcia@cac.hctx.net.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Open to the Public - No Fee - Limited Seating
Talking to Children about Sex and Sexuality
Many parents/caregivers have questions regarding when and how to initiate healthy discussions with their children, particularly about difficult topics, such as puberty, sex, and sexuality. Simply put, there is no perfect age or method that can be applied to all children. However, there are many commonly used methods that appear protective but actually lead to increased vulnerability and potential victimization. This training will reveal those methods, as well as provide simple techniques and a large variety of resources to help guide parents/caregivers through the process of “the sex talk.”