The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County’s vision is to eliminate child abuse and its mission “empowering children to find their voice.”
How do we do this?
We provide a safe place for child abuse victims and their families to receive comprehensive services from dedicated professional interviewers, nurses, counselors and advocates in a child-friendly atmosphere through a coordinated team approach as well as provide child abuse prevention, awareness, and education to the community.
At the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County abused children and their families can receive the support needed to deal with the abuse. We are available to serve all Benton County child abuse victims under age 18 after a report has been made to the child abuse hotline.
- A child-friendly and non-threatening environment
- Trained forensic interviewers (bilingual services available)
- Specialized Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and an on-site medical exam room
- Child advocates to assess family needs and provide follow-up, support, and referral services
- On-site counselors available to meet with the child and non-offending family members
All services are provided at no charge to the family
Why do we do this?
Just look at these statistics: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse by the time they are 18.
Statistics indicate less than 30 percent of parents ever talk with their kids about sexual abuse and even when they do, they rarely discuss it with kids under the age of 9.
Since the CAC opened in 2000, we have seen more tha 7,000 children. Since that time prosecution of child abuse cases has increased more than 2,000 percent.
In 2015 the CAC opened 790 cases, conducted 735 forensic interviews, performed 198 forensic medical exams, provided 2,591 counseling sessions to children and their families and facilitated training to 5,864 individuals at 15 public awareness and 73 training and education events during 2015. This is a 236 percent increase over 2014. Of those trained, 2,107 were school-aged children and 3,757 were adults.
How can you get involved?
The CAC offers several volunteer opportunities including clerical work, event volunteers, and special projects such as facility maintenance. To learn more, visit our volunteer page.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County is located at 2113 Little Flock Drive in Little Flock, AR. Please contact the CAC at 479-621-0385 with any questions regarding the organization. Please visit our website at www.cacbentonco.com for additional information.