Why do we need SungateKids?
We know that many people shy away from thinking about – or talking about – child abuse because they consider it a dark and depressing topic. But where they see darkness, we see hope. We see a future for a child who’s been a victim of abuse in which healing is possible and childhood can be reclaimed.
We need your help to make our vision a reality, for all the children who need us:
One in ten children will be a victim of child sexual abuse before reaching the age of 18. Those numbers are startling, but even more so when they come in 3’4” slight frame with doleful brown eyes and a voice barely above a whisper. As a third grader, she and her class had watched the SungateKids SafeKids Prevention Education Program. Like some of the other kids, she stayed back after the presentation to speak to SungateKids’ Prevention Specialists. “What happened to the girl puppet – that’s happening to me. And it’s not ok…”
Investigative Interview Program
Absolutely everything about her showed how closed off and angry Lilly was. Her arms tightly crossed against her body, her baseball cap pulled down low over her face, her eyes flashing defiantly from under the brim. “I didn’t ask to be here,” she informed SungateKids’ Family Support Coordinator as she sat in the farthest corner of the couch in the waiting room. “That’s ok, we’re still glad you came.” She asked Lilly a few questions – but not about the allegations, which caught the 14 year-old off-guard. Here was this grown-up, asking her about normal stuff. It felt almost weird…
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