The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) has been serving sexually abused and traumatized children in the Atlanta area since 1987. The Center’s mission is to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy, and collaboration. These services are provided at no cost to children who reside in or were abused in DeKalb or Fulton County. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s role throughout the criminal investigation is to focus on the child’s needs, rather than focusing on the crime itself.
In 2006 the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy partnered with Darkness to Light, to introduce its Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training to communities in Georgia. Using a train-the-trainer model, the Center is leading a statewide adult-focused training initiative to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
The FBI has identified Atlanta as one of the 14 cities with the highest incidence of commercial sexual exploitation of children. The statistics are staggering:
- 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18
- 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser
- 60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone
- Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members
- 7,200 men purchase sex from a minor every month in Georgia
- 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year
Zobida Dat, Director of Development at Georgia Center for Child Advocacy states, “We are proud to be able to serve all children and families regardless of their financial circumstances. We are only able to do this with community support. Without our generous donors, no matter how big or small the gift, we wouldn’t be able to serve over 800 families each year. I truly feel that every child deserves to feel protected and move forward to lead a happy and healthy childhood.”
How can you help? You can make a difference in the lives of children and families through financial support, volunteering your time, attending one of Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s special events, attending or hosting prevention training or giving to GCCA’s wish list. Get connected with Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and help spread awareness. It only takes one word, one conversation, one moment to make a difference in the life of a child. Find out more about this incredible organization HERE.