District Attorney Cheryl Lieck presented a $10,000 donation to the Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center (BCAC) to help with operating expenses. The money will be used for start up of their new satellite office in Anahuac. The First Baptist Church of Anahuac generously donated office space in their facility for the group to set up operations. They have office space along with an observation room where staff investigators interview children victimized by abuse.
Bridgehaven is a nonprofit organization that was created to help minimize the trauma associated with child abuse investigations. They offer services that include prevention and educational presentations on a variety of child related issues. The format is designed to teach and reinforce personal safety of children and provide informative material. “Our primary goal is to reduce the number of times a child has to tell their story of abuse,” Executive Director Paula Barron said. She added that the center was designed to provide a comfortable child-like atmosphere helping to put a child at ease in such a difficult situation.
Barron expressed her gratitude to the District Attorney’s office for their generous donation that will go far to help set up their office and doing their job to assist Chambers County victims. For the time being the office will be staffed only a couple days of the week until they have a better idea how often their services will be needed in a given week.
Some facts to ponder, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach their 18 birthday.
The median age for reported abuse is nine years old.
Nearly 70% of ALL reported sexual assaults happen to children ages 17 and under.
Most child victims NEVER report the abuse.
In more than 90% of sexual abuse cases, the child knows the abuser.
One in five children are solicited sexually while on the Internet.
An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.
20% of children are sexually abused before the age of eight.
The services provided by Bridghaven are offered free of charge to the residents of Chambers and Liberty counties. Bridgehaven is able to service these counties through public and private donations and grants. For more information call 936-258-0400 or visit their websitewww.bridgehavencac.org.
Source: Anahuac Progress