When we think about child sexual abuse, we may think that perpetrators of abuse are easily spotted.  In reality, many sexual abusers use grooming tactics that are not always easy to distinguish.  Before sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or trafficking occurs abusers may employ covert tactics in order to gain the trust of parents and children.


What is Grooming

Sleep is Important to Your Health

Sleep plays a big part in well-being and overall health. Getting enough sleep can help improve and protect a lot of aspects in your life including physical health, mental health, quality of life and safety. In adolescents and kids, sleep helps to support their growth and development.


Issues with sleep can result in short term and/or long term negative consequences. If someone is lacking sleep, known as sleep deprivation, it increases chances of developing chronic health issues as well as affects the way your brain works.


The Importance of Self-Compassion

Sometimes it is easy to criticize and get down on ourselves thinking it will be a motivator to succeed in whatever it may be we are struggling with. It’s harder to show ourselves kindness, perhaps because criticism is what we know or being kind to ourselves may be viewed as self-indulgent or weak.


Art Therapy

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

-Pablo Picasso


Teen Dating Violence

During Child Abuse Prevention Month we would like to highlight a type of abuse that is not always recognized as a form of child abuse: teen dating violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 adolescents experience some type of abuse (whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual) at the hands of a romantic partner. So what is teen dating violence? The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines it as “the intentional use of destructive behaviors by one person to exert power and control over their dating partner.”


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A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.