Childhood should be a safe place to grow up.
The hard truth is that at least one in ten children will be physically or sexually abused by their eighteenth birthday. That means potentially one in ten childhoods will be devastated, and one in ten futures will be put at risk.
We believe that is one too many.
We're here to stop child abuse and make sure every child, every childhood, and every future is protected.
To help these victims do more than just survive. To give them the resources and resilience they need to heal, thrive, and grow up to realize their full potential.
We do that by supporting a robust network of Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state, providing training for teams of professionals who respond to child abuse, educating our communities, and advocating for better policy to make sure kids are protected and offenders are held accountable.
To be a whole adult, you need a whole childhood.
That requires more than a roof over a child’s head. More than decent food to eat. It requires a place that’s truly safe to learn and grow, laugh, and play. When children face sexual and physical abuse, it doesn’t just affect them today. The consequences can be felt for years to come—in health, behavior, and life potential. It can mean a higher risk of chronic disease, suicide, increased drug use, and lower high school graduation rates.
That’s why our work to prevent and heal the immediate as well as longer-term harm caused by abuse can be truly life-changing for Pennsylvania’s children, both today…and tomorrow.
Here’s how we’re helping Pennsylvania’s children have their best tomorrows:
Sources:  NCA report for PA cases in 2019;  World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/child-maltreatment;  2019 PA DHS report;  Cora Peterson, Curtis Florence, and Joanne Klevens. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, USA, “The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States, 2015,” Child Abuse & Neglect Volume 86, December 2018, Pages 178-183.