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  • 14 Apr 2017 2:36 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 28, 2017 - The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued the following statement from John F. Clark, NCMEC president and CEO in response to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act:

    As president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, I know that protecting children and providing safe spaces for them to learn, play and grow is central to the mission of every youth-serving organization, including sports organizations. 

    We believe that the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act will go a long way in protecting youth who participate in elite sports, so we are proud to lend our support to Senators Dianne Feinstein, Charles Grassley and all the other sponsors of this important legislation. 

    Today’s hearing and press conference on the bill provides an opportunity to further the message that we all must empower parents and our communities to do more to ensure the safety of our children when they compete in sports or participate in other after school or weekend activities.

    Because of our role as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues of missing and exploited children, NCMEC created “Safe to Compete” to provide access to resources to empower youth-sports organizations and the families of child athletes to protect those children from sexual abuse.  Anyone can go to www.safetocompete.org to get free resources, including tips for parents and age appropriate discussion guides to make conversations about safety easier. 

  • 13 Sep 2016 2:51 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Cordelia Anderson, founder of Sensibilities Prevention Services, shared a heartfelt message about Patty Wetterling, founder of Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, in the wake of news regarding the disappearance of her son, Jacob.  For more details about the case, please click here.  Our hearts go out to the Wetterling family.

  • 29 Jul 2016 10:33 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)



     October 12-14, 2016



    Working to Keep Kids Safe From Abuse

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    Alexandria, VA

    Across the nation, nonprofits are working to provide safe environments for youth.

    To support those efforts, the Boy Scouts of America is joining with youth-serving organizations from across the country for its third national symposium on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

    Join leaders from youth-serving organizations, schools, youth athletic organizations and faith communities, as well as top experts in the field of abuse prevention to:

    • Learn about and discuss practices, training programs, policies, and initiatives that affect our programs
    • Hear and learn from leading experts in the field of child sexual abuse
    • Receive the latest in research articles and materials, including youth-serving organizations’ policies and training materials, and any materials handed out or discussed at the symposium
    • Discuss prevention programs that are based on youth-serving organization experience, research, and evidence
    • Develop strong relationships with other youth-serving organizations facing the same issues you face today

    REGISTER HERE: NYPS 2016 Registration Form


    More information to follow, including featured speakers and the conference website.


  • 14 Jun 2016 4:40 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NCAC is accepting applications for workshops for the
    33rd International Symposium on Child Abuse 
    March 27-30, 2017

    Tracks offered: Administration, Child Protective Services, Forensic Interviewing, Human Trafficking/Sexual Exploitation, Law Enforcement, Medical, Mental Health/Treatment, Prevention, Prosecution/Legal, Secondary Traumatic Stress and Victim Advocacy.

    Please submit your workshop proposal applications by the close of business June 30, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.

    For more information visit the NCAC website.
  • 11 Mar 2016 10:31 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Webinar To Discuss News Coverage of Childhood Trauma

    Defending ChildhoodOn March 16, 2016, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, Defending Childhood, in partnership with OJJDP and Futures Without Violence, will present “The News About Childhood Trauma: Findings and Implications.” Presenters will explore how childhood trauma is reported in the news and identify steps that advocates can take to improve the conversation for expanding media coverage.


    Register for this free webinar.

  • 09 Mar 2016 1:51 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    OJJDP has announced a fiscal year 2016 funding opportunity for their National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program. This program supports OJJDP's National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program by providing vital data to the field on juvenile well-being and risk behaviors, juvenile victimization and offending, the juvenile justice system's response to law-violating behavior, and related issues. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 26, 2016.

  • 16 Feb 2016 10:18 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Dr. Janet Rosenzweig shares her analysis of a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics that examined the rate of children exposed to abuse in youth-serving organizations. While this post was written for the public and is not a comprehensive analysis, Dr. Rosenzweig shares her thoughts, concerns, and suggestions for parents based on the results of the study. Click here to read the full post on Philly.com.

  • 06 Jan 2016 9:16 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), PreventConnect/California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (PreventConnect/CALCASA) and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) have established a new partnership (The National Partners) in order to increase visibility of, and access to, sexual violence prevention expertise. This initiative has received seed funding from the National Football League (NFL) to coordinate prevention, policy, and messaging efforts; establish a presence in the Washington, DC metro area; and to award grants to advance a variety of promising practices and policies that can be replicated.



    To fund promising practices or policies that are replicable and that:

    • improve the response to victims of sexual violence;
    • reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence; or
    • strengthen communities’ capacity to create safe environments

    Funding Categories

    • Services or advocacy for people who have been sexually victimized
    • Strategies for reducing the likelihood of people to sexually offend
    • Organizational, systemic, or community-level prevention strategies

    Eligible Applicants: 

    501(c)3 organizations who have experience with addressing and/or preventing sexual violence.

    Deadline for Intent to Submit form:  January 22, 2016


    We are now inviting brief descriptions as the first step in the application process.

    Access to the Intent to Submit form.

    Additional Information: including grant announcement, guidelinesapplication, and frequently asked questions


  • 10 Dec 2015 1:02 PM | Janet Rosenzweig

    Find thoughts for parents on  how holiday hugs can offer important lessons! 


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    Find thoughts for parents on  how holiday hugs can offer important lessons! 


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