Government of Canada supports partners focused on preventing gender-based violence

From the Public Health Agency of Canada – Minister of Health’s Parliamentary Secretary announces funding for projects aimed at addressing youth and teen dating violence Gender-based violence—including violence against people based on their gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender—is a significant cause of harm and a preventable barrier to gender equality. It is crucial that

Sheldon Kennedy Hands Child Advocacy Centre Back To The Community

We respect Sheldon Kennedy’s decision to hand the Child Advocacy Centre back to the community and we are so grateful to have had his support and the opportunity to work so closely with him for the past five years. We are proud of Sheldon and the tireless work he has accomplished. He has been a

Calgary Child Advocacy Centre launches trauma-training program

From the Calgary Herald – A new program launched by the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre aims to help people recognize the potential signs of child abuse when working with youth. The online tool, called “Being Trauma Aware: Making a difference in the lives of children and youth”, is a two-and-a-half-hour course designed to increase understanding of

With over a century of service, Calgary’s Children’s Hospital Aid Society earns philanthropic award

From the Calgary Herald – With no office and no paid staff, it’s no mean feat to raise half a million dollars for charity every year. Yet the Children’s Hospital Aid Society, founded in Calgary in 1908, continues to raise huge money to help children throughout southern Alberta. “We started in the Beltline, in a house

CCAC Therapy Dogs

From BT Calgary – Dr. Sarah MacDonald from the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre introduce us to Axel, one of the dogs who provides comfort to kids at the centre. The full video can be found online here.

Forensic Interviewing: helping prevent abuse victims from being re-traumatized

From 770 News – The goal of the forensic interview is to use techniques grounded in science to gather as much accurate and extensive memory recall as possible while limiting the impact of trauma on the child or youth. Guest Dr. Sarah MacDonald, Forensic Interviewer at CCAC and Axel. Axel is a therapy dog who helps provide

Experts say parents are first line of defence in preventing sexual abuse in sports

From the Canadian Press – Sara Austin says parents enrolling their children in athletic programs this fall can take an important step to help prevent sexual abuse. Just talk. Austin, the CEO of the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre, is working hard to get the message out this October that parents are the first line of defence

New Calgary exhibit aims to increase child abuse awareness

From CTV Calgary – The Calgary Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) is attempting to bring the issue of child abuse to the forefront with an exhibit that offers the public, including students over the age of 13, an opportunity to experience the long-lasting impact through the words of survivors. The Lisa Project, an exhibit created in the

‘My name is Lisa:’ Immersive exhibit explores child abuse from kid’s view

From Global Calgary – An exhibit in the United States that immerses people into the world of a child who has suffered abuse is being used by the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre to try and protect kids. Sara Austin, the centre’s CEO, says about a third of the population has experienced some form of child

The Lisa Project wants to open Calgarians’ eyes and ears to child abuse

From StarMetro Calgary – As part of its goal to encourage more people to report suspected child abuse, the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre opened the Lisa Project at Eau Claire Market on Tuesday — an immersive, walk-through audio exhibit that narrates the real-life stories of child abuse survivors. Visitors begin by passing through black curtains to