The Knox County Child Advocacy Center provides a timely, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse.

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Prevention Education

Preschool, Primary and Intermediate Age 
Children’s Body Safety Program
This school-based prevention education program is designed to educate children say "No," Go, and Tell an adult if they experience any unsafe touches or attempted touches. The program focuses on four primary areas: body safety, personal boundaries, appropriate touches and awareness. It includes discussion of inappropriate touching and other elements of personal safety.

Darkness 2 Light Stewards of Children Program
This new approach to child sexual abuse prevention targets parents and adults who work with children in settings such as PTA, parent groups, churches and scouting organizations. Darkness 2 Light has developed “7 Steps to Protecting Our Children”, which teaches simple, proactive ways to help protect children from sexual abuse. To learn more about this program, check out their web site: www.darkness2light.org.

Mandated Reporter Training
Center staff provide mandated reporter training to area school and child care personnel, and law enforcement.

Internet Safety
This program is designed for junior high and high school aged students. The topics covered in this program are sexting, social networks, and how to stay safe on the internet. If you want more information on these topics, go to www.netsmartz.org.

Prevention Educator
If you are interested in one of the prevention programs listed above, please contact the CAC at 309-344-8416.

Help for Kids

If you came to this page looking for help, we hope this information brought you hope and options.  If you or a friend are in a bad situation, know that you are not alone.  There are people who can help.  If you or someone you know is being abused, talk to your teacher, school counselor, or law enforcement officer, or anyone else you trust.

Some may have various reasons for not trusting law enforcement or Department of Child and Family Services.  However, whatever the reasons, these professionals can help stop the abuse.  If you need to talk to someone about unsafe touching by anyone in your life, call local law enforcement or the DCFS hotline.

Call us at 1-309-344-8416.

If you are considering running away from home or you have already run away, you can call the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000 for help.  Someone will be available to talk to you at any time day or night.

If you are feeling hopeless, there is help.  Call the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-442-4673.

If you know a child is in danger, report abuse by calling the DCFS Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE.

If you are in serious danger, call 911 and ask for help.

If you have been forced or coerced into working for someone or know someone who has, this is human trafficking.  Call or text for help or to help someone you suspect is being trafficked.
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888
BeFree Textline Text "BeFree" (233733)

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Report It

If you think you have seen a missing child, or suspect a child may be sexually exploited, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Report Child sexual exploitation
Use the CyberTipline to report child sexual exploitation

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Recovering from Abuse

Child victims who receive services through the CAC will have access to specialized counseling services.  The CAC works with Monarch Trauma Counseling Center to provide specialized trauma counseling to help children heal.  Counseling services are provided in our Galesburg CAC office.

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