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Reducing The Trauma Of Child Abuse In The Barren River Area

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Over The Edge

September 12, 2020

Over the Edge 2020 was a huge success! This event raised over $92,000. Thank you to every sponsor, participant, and individual donor for contributing to support BRACAC's services and increase our prevention efforts. Are you ready to sign up for Over the Edge 2021? This exciting rappelling event provides a life changing experience for participants while making a positive impact for the Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center. Participants raise $1,000 for the Center to be able to go Over the Edge. Sign up today for the 2021 event at

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Great Teddy Bear Run

October 17, 2020

Our altered Great Teddy Bear Run took place on October 17th, 2020, and it included individual motorcycle rides with spaced out merchandise pickup to keep everyone safe during the current pandemic. We appreciate each and every rider who donated a teddy bear and helped raise awareness about the problems of child sexual abuse. This event raised over $30,000, and we are so grateful for our sponsors and participants. We can't wait to see you next year at the Great Teddy Bear Run 2021!

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How Do We Help?

The BRACAC provides children and their non-offending family members with advocacy and support, coordination of the investigation process and critical direct services.

  • Complete coordination of cases
  • Advocates help children feel safe again
  • Healing trauma with trained therapists
  • Full support to reclaim their best future
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How To Help

How You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse

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How To Report Child Abuse

If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 1-877-KYSAFE1.  Visit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to learn more or to make a report.

In Kentucky, the law requires all of us to report concerns of abuse or neglect to law enforcement, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and/or the County or Commonwealth Attorney. (KRS 620.030)

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With your help we provide a safe, child-friendly location where teams of professionals work together to pursue justice and offer treatment. It's donations like yours that help children get the support and care that they need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Wouldn’t A Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused Be Fearful Of The Offender?

Sexual abusers often “groom” their victims by giving gifts, attention, and/or special privileges. This grooming process insures continued access and secrecy with the victim. The abuser may also be a close friend, member of the family, or someone else that the victim loves or looks up to.

As The Protective Caregiver - What About My Feelings?

Caregivers of victims also have a variety of emotions following a disclosure of abuse. Common emotions experienced by caregivers are guilt, sadness, shock, anger, and even depression. If the abuser is also a caregiver, there may be worries about housing and economic issues that must be considered. Although the caregiver’s emotions may be strong, it is important that the child believes that the caregiver can handle the disclosure or the results. The child, if he/she feels that the emotions created by the disclosure are too intense, may withdraw thinking that this will lessen the strain on the caregiver. It is vital that the caregiver speak to another competent adult, NOT the child, about their complex and strong feelings. It may be helpful for the parent to seek treatment with a counselor who is experienced in working with the families of victims.

Caregivers also must separate their own emotions from those of the victim. Caregivers can help the victim express his/her own feelings about the abuse. This can be especially difficult for caregivers who experienced abuse themselves as a child. Watching a loved one go through abuse may bring up old emotions. It is important that the caregiver resolves these feelings with a competent adult or counselor and NOT the child.

Support groups with other caregivers of victims can also be very helpful during this time. Information on groups is available at your local children’s advocacy center.

Can A Child Consent To Having Sex With An Adult Or Much Older Child/Teenager?

No. Because of age, size and/or the nature of the relationship, adults have power and authority over children. Children, therefore, do not have the maturity to equally consent to a sexual act with an adult or much older child. Each state has laws that define the legal age at which a child can consent to a sexual activity.

Does Child Sexual Abuse Involve More Than Touching?

Sexual abuse can take on many forms such as fondling, penetration, exposure of private parts, participation and/or viewing of pornography, and communicating with a child in a sexualized manner.  All forms are serious and must be addressed by law enforcement, child protective services, and/or medical professionals.

How Can I Find Out About Sex Offenders In My Area?

Sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement when they move or after their release from prison/jail. A list of sex offenders registered in Kentucky can be accessed via the internet at This information can be obtained by calling toll free 1-866-564-5652. At this number, an individual can register up to 3 zip codes to monitor and a phone number. When a registered sex offender moves into and/or within that three zip code area, the Kentucky State Police willnotify the phone number provided.

Although the registration, phone notification, and website system is helpful, it is not 100% accurate. Even though there is a punishment if a convicted sex offender does not register, some offenders do not register. Also, some offenders “plead out” of their cases and therefore may not have to register, if their plea agreement does not include a registerable offense. Persons convicted of sex crimes before July 15, 1994 are not required to register for those crimes. Offenders who are not reported, charged, and convicted are not required to register.

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Reducing The Trauma Of Child Abuse In The Barren River Area