“If you tell, no one will believe you.”
This statement is is one abusers often tell their victims to remain in control. The doubt it can instill is why many do not come forward. If no one believes you, how can justice be served?
When you give to CACDC, you are improving the odds of justice. When the Center opened twenty years ago, less than 10% of cases of child abuse in Denton County resulted in a conviction. Now, thanks to you, things look different.
Children who come through the door tell the story of their abuse to a highly trained forensic interviewer on staff at the Center. From there, the coordinated investigation kicks off. State and local law enforcement collaborate on every case under one roof. A team of experts hears the outcry of abuse in the child’s own words. It may be difficult, but they rely on one another.
Detectives tell us how important CACDC is to the victims they serve, and to their own well-being. Advice is offered and investigations are strengthened. As you can imagine, investigating sexual abuse cases involving children is as isolating as it is heart-wrenching. The support offered by Children’s Advocacy Center’s multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach helps officers deal with the trauma they encounter.
Each week the MDT meets to discuss the previous week’s cases. Detective Joe Adcock with the Flower Mound Police Department tells us that here, he is able to lean on others who hear the same devastating stories day in day out. Not even fellow officers in the cities where our team members work can truly understand – or want to understand – what the MDT deals with; these meetings are essential to their state of mind. This team approach is fundamental to our core values – collaboration and wellness.
Stronger investigations means that now, of cases that lead to an arrest, over 90% result in a conviction. Thank about that for a moment. Your continued support means that a child is more likely to see their abuser convicted. It means that a child is believed.