Randolph Tucker CAC joins SHINE campaign

ELKINS — At a time when disclosures of sexual abuse and harassment are becoming mainstream, child sexual abuse still lives in secrecy and shame. In Randolph and Tucker counties alone, about 10 percent of over-18 population adult survivors live as testament both to the damage of child abuse-and as the substance of hope for children experiencing abuse today.

Through a new national campaign, the SHINE Campaign, the Randolph Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center is changing the conversation around child sexual abuse. Members of the public are invited to join in Friday, May 3, from 5-7 p.m. at The Arts Center for an event raising up stories of hope, offering survivors and advocates the chance to pledge their support to other survivors and victims of child abuse, and connect the public with resources.

Through this campaign, officials are encouraging everyday people to SHINE in support of survivors-to be the light that survivors can turn to-making it easier to become an advocate, and helping kids SHINE again.

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement in our state is at the heart of the effort to bring hope to survivors. Our CACs served 143 children last year and provided 40 people with the healing mental health services that help children and families recover from trauma. What’s more, Randolph Tucker CAC provides abuse prevention education for children and adults in the community.

Learn more at https://wvcan.org/whyweshine/. RSVP to attend the Night of SHINE evenjt to director@rtcac.com.

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