CHILD USA IS COMMITTED

TO ENDING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

CHILD USA is the leading national nonprofit think tank working to end child abuse and neglect in the United States. CHILD USA engages in high-level legal, social science, and medical research and analysis to derive the best public policies to end child abuse and neglect in America. CHILD USA produces evidence-based solutions and information needed by policymakers, organizations, media, and society as a whole to increase child protection and the common good.

CHILD USA has submitted testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the failures of the FBI in the Larry Nassar Investigation on September 15, 2021.

Join us as we honor heroes in child protection!

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We look forward to welcoming our vaccinated guests on November 4th; we may ask for proof of vaccination upon check-in. If you cannot be vaccinated, we hope that you will join us virtually.

CHILD USA has created a report detailing the filings in New York under the Child Victim’s Act, which closed August 14, 2021.

This preliminary report provides data on how many victims came forward, the types of institutions suits were brought against, and more.

CHILD USA’s Gold Standard Policy

CHILD USA’s Gold Standard Policy is an evidence-based and expert-vetted set of policies that can be used by any Youth Serving Organization to protect the children they serve from abuse. It includes tools for prevention, training recommendations, reporting procedures, and much more to assist and advise organizations working with children.

 

**This comprehensive summary document contains the most critical components of CHILD USA’s more detailed and extensive version of the Gold Standard Policy. For the full policy framework, contact CHILD USA at info@childusa.org.

CHILD USA's Monday Blog

With HB951 Tabled for the Summer, There Is No Summer Vacation for the Victims of Child Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania

By Marci Hamilton

Well, well, well: Pennsylvania lawmakers and Governor Wolf had no problem reaching an agreement on the annual budget.  We can thank federal covid relief for filling state coffers.  Did you hear the celebrations coming from Harrisburg offices?   Yup!  It’s time for summer vacation!!   Who can criticize them for taking some time off?  Everyone deserves a break.

 

Except them.

Check Out CHILD USA’s Child Sex Abuse Portal – it’s the only resource of its kind!

CHILD USA’s portal is a curated list of books (both fiction and nonfiction), documentaries, videos, articles, and online resources. Whether you are a survivor of child sex abuse, a family member, or someone who works with children like a coach, a teacher, or clergy, this is a place where we hope that you can browse, learn, and relax in peace.
Instead of randomly googling for information, we have done the research to find materials that are respected, illuminating, and informative.
Firm and organizational sponsorships are also available by clicking HERE

Check Out CHILD USA’s Child Sex Abuse Portal – it’s the only resource of its kind!

CHILD USA’s portal is a curated list of books (both fiction and nonfiction), documentaries, videos, articles, and online resources. Whether you are a survivor of child sex abuse, a family member, or someone who works with children like a coach, a teacher, or clergy, this is a place where we hope that you can browse, learn, and relax in peace.
Instead of randomly googling for information, we have done the research to find materials that are respected, illuminating, and informative.
Firm and organizational sponsorships are also available by clicking HERE

CHILD USA is asking What About the Children during COVID-19.  The conversation about COVID-19 has left out an important and vulnerable group, children.  CHILD USA is working to bring awareness to the heightened risk of children who are isolated at home in dangerous circumstances and have lost the safety nets their daily lives normally provide.  Visit our WATCH page to see how CHILD USA is helping parents, teachers, child protection workers, and policy makers address the pandemic’s unintended consequences.

CHILD USA is asking What About the Children during COVID-19.  The conversation about COVID-19 has left out an important and vulnerable group, children.  CHILD USA is working to bring awareness to the heightened risk of children who are isolated at home in dangerous circumstances and have lost the safety nets their daily lives normally provide.  Visit our WATCH page to see how CHILD USA is helping parents, teachers, child protection workers, and policy makers address the pandemic’s unintended consequences.

CHILD USA IN THE NEWS

 

Catholic church pays $23.9M to victims sexually abused by priests

The Sun-Gazette | September 8, 2021

Advocacy group wants Bowman suspended from U.S. Olympic team

Rick Westhead| September 13, 2021

 

 

 

‘There’s no escape’: Memories of being raped by Catholic priest haunt Columbus man

 

 

I’m going to change these laws’: Priest sex abuse survivor seeks legal reform in Ohio

 

Advocacy group wants Bowman suspended from U.S. Olympic team

Rick Westhead | September 13, 2021

‘There’s no escape’: Memories of being raped by Catholic priest haunt Columbus man

 

 

I’m going to change these laws’: Priest sex abuse survivor seeks legal reform in Ohio

Danae King | September 8, 2021

Catholic church pays $23.9M to victims sexually abused by priests

CURRENT INITIATIVES

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM

There are two paths to justice for children who have been sexually abused: criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits.  Historically, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims have been unable to  prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline—the statute of limitations (“SOLs”)—for their claims.  CHILD USA leads the movement to end this injustice that also harms the public good by keeping victims from naming their predators and the institutions that enabled them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY COURT REFORM

Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes, and the legal system often fails to adequately protect a child from an abusive parent.  CHILD USA is dedicated to reform of the family court system to ensure child protection.

ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ATHLETES: THE GAME OVER COMMISSION

Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, youth sports programs present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports programs, at all levels, are a critically important frontier in the investigations into child sexual abuse and one of the least studied.   CHILD USA is leading the way with its Game Over Commission and social science studies aimed at athletes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE

Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to testing and screening of children.  Federal law requires doctors treating children on Medicaid or CHIP to perform several tests and screening on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions.  CHILD USA’s research into these religious exemptions laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children

 

 

EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT

CHILD USA is committed to making sure all children get a quality education, no matter where they live.  Currently, only  24 states and the District of Columbia classify educational negelct as abuse.  CHILD USA will continue to work to make sure all children have access to a great educations as well as to services that will allow them to take advantage of that education.

 

 

 

 

CONVERSION THERAPY

CHILD USA is studying the health and welfare effects on those who have been subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation.  As with every other initiative, CHILD USA is pairing legal and social science research and analysis to determine what is in the best interest of children and the public good.

This approach has been uniformly rejected by every leading medical organization.

 

 

 

 

CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage happens more than you think.  Girls are at risk of sex abuse in far too many cultures, including the United States.  In 36, or 2/3, of the states, the age of marriage for minors with parental consent is 16, which is very young for marriage.  In some states, though, the minimum is even younger with judicial and parental consent. CHILD USA is studying child marriage as part of its overall agenda to fight child sex abuse and girls’ challenges to fulfilling their potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM

There are two paths to justice for children who have been sexually abused: criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits.  Historically, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims have been unable to  prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline—the statute of limitations (“SOLs”)—for their claims.  CHILD USA leads the movement to end this injustice that also harms the public good by keeping victims from naming their predators and the institutions that enabled them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ATHLETES: THE GAME OVER COMMISSION

Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, youth sports programs present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports programs, at all levels, are a critically important frontier in the investigations into child sexual abuse and one of the least studied.   CHILD USA is leading the way with its Game Over Commission and social science studies aimed at athletes. 

EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT

CHILD USA is committed to making sure all children get a quality education, no matter where they live.  Currently, only  24 states and the District of Columbia classify educational negelct as abuse.  CHILD USA will continue to work to make sure all children have access to a great educations as well as to services that will allow them to take advantage of that education.

 

 

 

 

FAMILY COURT REFORM

Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes, and the legal system often fails to adequately protect a child from an abusive parent.  CHILD USA is dedicated to reform of the family court system to ensure child protection.

MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE

Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to testing and screening of children.  Federal law requires doctors treating children on Medicaid or CHIP to perform several tests and screening on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions.  CHILD USA’s research into these religious exemptions laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children

 

 

CONVERSION THERAPY

CHILD USA is studying the health and welfare effects on those who have been subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation.  As with every other initiative, CHILD USA is pairing legal and social science research and analysis to determine what is in the best interest of children and the public good.

This approach has been uniformly rejected by every leading medical organization.

 

 

 

 

CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage happens more than you think.  Girls are at risk of sex abuse in far too many cultures, including the United States.  In 36, or 2/3, of the states, the age of marriage for minors with parental consent is 16, which is very young for marriage.  In some states, though, the minimum is even younger with judicial and parental consent. CHILD USA is studying child marriage as part of its overall agenda to fight child sex abuse and girls’ challenges to fulfilling their potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHILD USA MONDAY BLOG (& Other Things to Read)

The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse- Part 1

Jessica Schidlow, Esq.

 

Sibling relationships are some of the most powerful yet undervalued in the family lives of children and adolescents. Not only are sibling relationships often the most enduring in the family, but they also play a significant role in identity formation, attachment, as well as social, cognitive, and emotional development.

 

August 17, 2021

CHILD USA MONDAY BLOG (& Other Things to Read)

 

The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse- Part 1

By Jessica Schidlow, Esq.

Sibling relationships are some of the most powerful yet undervalued in the family lives of children and adolescents. Not only are sibling relationships often the most enduring in the family, but they also play a significant role in identity formation, attachment, as well as social, cognitive, and emotional development.

August 17, 2021

CHILD USA’s Weekly Data Drop

CHILD USA’s Weekly Data Drop

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