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Sexual Abuse

Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center

Addressing the Needs of Sexually Abused Children
Long recognized as the lead agency in providing services to sexually and seriously physically abused children, the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center (a CATS program) works closely with law enforcement officials and medical, mental health and child protection professionals to help children and their families with a single, child-friendly, coordinated response.

Comprehensive Services in One Child-Friendly Location
The Child Advocacy Center is a centralized location where children who have been sexually or severely physically abused can receive all of the services they need in one place. The Center’s highly qualified professionals are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of abused children and adolescents. Children and families receive the specialized medical, mental health and legal services that they need to begin the process of healing and protect children against further harm.

Specially Trained Professionals

  • On-site medical staff includes experienced pediatricians & nurses from Kaleida Health who are highly trained in this specialized area
  • A fully certified CATS trauma and recovery therapist provides crisis intervention counseling & professional support throughout the entire healing process
  • Representatives from child protection, law enforcement & prosecution work together at the Center to conduct a joint investigative interview, which reduces the trauma of repeated interviews

Helping Protect Children & Prevent Future Issues

Timely and professional treatment and support in the aftermath of abuse may help prevent further victimization of the child as well as help prevent serious mental health issues later in life. Research shows that sexually abused children and adolescents frequently experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, promiscuity and delinquency. In one study, 80% of 21-year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.

The Child Advocacy Center Helps

  • Reduce trauma of abused children & adolescents
  • Provide prompt & ongoing treatment
  • Support non-offending parents in protecting their children
  • Promote effective prosecution of alleged offenders
  • Protect children from further victimization
  • Begin the process of healing

What to Expect
When a child discloses that he or she has been sexually abused, the next days and weeks can be very traumatic. From the reactions of family members to specialized medical exams, and interviews by law enforcement and legal professionals, the child needs a variety of expertly trained professionals to help support their mental and physical well-being and to navigate a complicated legal and medical system.

The First Steps Toward Healing

  • Children are referred to the Child Advocacy Center by Child Protective Services, local law enforcement & medical professionals
  • Trained specialists schedule investigative interviews, a forensic medical exam & mental health treatment at the Center
  • Children & families receive immediate crisis intervention counseling as well as ongoing support

The Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center is accredited by The National Children’s Alliance.

“My daughter was sexually abused four years ago by a friend’s father. I knew something was wrong, but just did not know what it was. She would not tell me what was wrong because her abuser told her she would go to jail. Thank goodness for the Child Advocacy Center. This was the first step to begin her healing.”

Contact our intake team if interested in counseling:

If your child is under age 18 and in crisis, call
CARES 716.882.4357.
If you are 18 years old or older and in crisis, call
Crisis Services 716.834.3131.
If you are in crisis and live in
Niagara County, call 716.285.3515.
If it’s an extreme emergency, call the police 911.

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