April 2018

"Child victims endure severe trauma mentally, physically and emotionally.

We must do everything we can to aid the victims with their recovery process

and prevent future crimes against children."

- Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-4), March 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse prevention efforts ramp up in communities across the country

What are your organizations and communities doing to bring attention to the issue of child abuse and the importance of prevention?

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates throughout the month and click on the Governor's proclamation to the right to learn more.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Children's Trust of South Carolina

7th Annual 
Children's Advocacy Center Day

SCNCAC, Children's Trust of South Carolina and Silent Tears are partnering for a press conference at the statehouse in celebration of CAC Day. Attorney General Alan Wilson, SCNCAC Executive Director Tom Knapp, and Children's Trust CEO Sue Williams will be the featured speakers as attention is focused on child maltreatment and the critical work of the Children's Advocacy Centers of South Carolina. Click on the Governor's proclamation to the right to learn more.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:30am
First Floor Rotunda, 
South Carolina State House
1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC

CAC Spotlight 

DCAC Building Dedication Honors Their Capital Campaign Donors

In September of 2018, DCAC held a ceremony to dedicate its newest building to the Roper St. Francis Physician’s Endowment (RSFPE) and the Medical Society of South Carolina. These two medical organizations were instrumental in ensuring the success of DCAC’s capital campaign. In 2014, RSFPE announced plans to give DCAC an unprecedented gift of $1 million. The Medical Society of South Carolina approved the funds with a match challenge. DCAC would receive the first half of the money, but would need to raise matching funds of $500,000 to receive the second half. In early 2017, DCAC met the match ahead of their deadline. This generous gift supports DCAC’s capital campaign which includes new building expansions, facility improvements, and endowment development. At the building dedication, DCAC Executive Director, Kay Phillips, Ph.D, LISW-CP, thanked attendees for their monetary contributions in making the matching funds possible, "This is all because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

DCAC Hosts 3rd Annual MDT Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

In November of 2017, DCAC held their 3rd Annual MDT Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. It had the highest attendance rate from years in the past with 135 attendees. Attendees were members of DCAC’s MDT team who serve Dorchester and Berkeley Counties. They represented organizations relating to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse such as law enforcement, mental and medical health agencies, child protective services, school districts, solicitor’s office, etc. The all-day conference included six speakers who spoke on topics such as Local Drug and Gang Trends, Interviewing Sex Offenders, Sexual Assault Investigations, and Child Internet Safety.  At the end of the day, attendees were asked to complete a survey to share feedback. An attendee shared, “The content and presentations have been outstanding. Thank you for providing this day for us. I have a learned a lot of information I can use as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem.”

 Research Corner

Online Grooming of Children for Sexual Purposes: Model Legislation & Global Review

"While child grooming takes place both face-to-face as well as online, the Internet poses a particular challenge, as those seeking to victimize children take advantage of the relative anonymity online interaction provides. Children may be unsupervised or minimally supervised when online and are generally more willing to share information and trust that the person with whom they are interacting is a friend. Once a trust relationship has been established, children may be pressured and manipulated into engaging in sexual activities like sexual conversations, creating sexual images and videos, or interacting over webcam with the groomer. Children may not even understand that they are being groomed for future sexual abuse until it is too late. The grooming process can happen quickly, within a matter of minutes in some cases, but the negative impact on the victim is often long-lasting."

This paper and numerous other helpful resources, including all of NCAC position papers, can be found in the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO).

Citation: International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (2017). Online Grooming of Children for Sexual Purposes. Model Legislation & Global Review First Ed.

 Upcoming Events

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March 13:

Pee Dee/Grand Strand Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Durant Children’s Center)

March 14-15:

Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution: Beyond A-Z (Children's Law Center) Learn more

March 16:

Upstate Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Julie Valentine Center)

March 16:

Brighter Future Conference (Spartanburg)-Learn more

March 19-22:

International Symposium on Child Abuse-(Huntsville, AL)-Learn more

March 22:

Lowcountry Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Dee Norton)

March 23:

Midlands Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Edisto Children's Center)

April 24-26:

NCAC Advanced Forensic Interviewing (Minneapolis, MN)-Learn more

April 30-May 4:

ChildFirst South Carolina (Columbia)- Register here

June 12-14:

NCAC Extended Forensic Interviewing (Hartford, CT)-Learn more

June 19-21:

ChildFirst EX-Expanded Interviewing Process-(Bentonville, AR)-Learn more

June 22:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

June 25-29:

ChildFirst South Carolina (Columbia)- Register here

July 25-26:

NCAC Forensic Interviewers at Trial (Huntsville, AL)-Learn more

Aug 10:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

Aug 14-16:

NCAC Victim Advocate Training (Huntsville, AL)-Learn more

Sept 18-20:

NCAC Advanced Forensic Interviewing (Kiawah Is., SC)-Learn more

Sept 18-20:

From Crime Scene to Trial (Bentonville, AR)-Learn more

Oct 12:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

Oct 16-19:

Charleston Child Trauma Conference (Charleston)-Learn more

Oct 22-26:

ChildFirst South Carolina (Columbia)- Register here

Oct 23-25:

NCAC Extended Forensic Interviewing (Long Beach, CA)-Learn more

Dec 7:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

Dec 11-13:

NCAC Victim Advocate Training (Huntsville, AL)-Learn more