Advocacy and Counseling
Advocacy and Support Services
Because sexual abuse is often committed by someone known and trusted, children and parents can feel isolated by extended family or other community members. The CACBG offers caregivers a place to speak openly about the complex range of emotions and concerns that arise during this time.
Trained advocates are available to offer support for caregivers as they encounter the multitude of feelings that accompany sexual abuse investigations. Through crisis counseling, resource referrals, and supportive listening, an advocate will be present to help process the grief and anger that parents experience after a disclosure has been made. Parents can find support from advocates by appointment or by calling the center’s crisis line at (859) 225-5437.
Each Thursday, the center hosts a Caregiver Support Group with free dinner and childcare so that parents can meet and talk with one another about the many obstacles, frustrations, and the small victories they each encounter. Together we explore the nature of sexual abuse to gain a better understanding of the unique behavioral challenges our children might face. We share frustrations while gathering skills to help us move forward. We learn about safety planning, strengthening our children’s boundaries and self-esteem, and recognizing predatorial red-flags. Please call the center for information about current support group offerings.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass offers short-term counseling services for sexually abused children. Children are seen at no cost for up to twelve sessions.
The focus of treatment is the child and the issues that emerge surrounding sexual abuse. These include but are not limited to:
- Changes in sleep patterns and nightmares
- Changes in eating patterns, eating too much or too little.
- Changes in behavior or mood that were not displayed before the abuse.
- Feelings of anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, and guilt related to sexual abuse.
Some children may not display any symptoms at first; however it is important to provide counseling for them. The earlier a child enters treatment, the better it is for the child and family.