What is child sexual abuse?
Child sexual abuse is any kind of sexual act directed toward a child by an adult or much older child. These acts include sexual fondling, digital penetration/ intercourse, oral sex, sex, exhibitionism, prostitution and using children for pornography.
Is the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County a non-profit?
Yes, the CAC of Bristol County is not-for-profit, tax exempt 501c(3) charitable organization.
Does my appointment at the Bristol County CAC cost money?
No, services are provided free of charge. Our Pedi-SANE may recommend that specimen collections to be tested by a laboratory. In those cases, she will obtain information regarding your insurance provider.
How is the CAC of Bristol County governed?
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County is governed by an independent Board of Directors.
Does the CAC of Bristol County provide services to adults?
Yes, we provide services to disabled adults who are protected under the Disabled Persons Protection Committee (DPPC). All reports of suspected abuse of a person with a disability should be made to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission’s 24 hour hotline at 1-800-426-9009.
How are children referred to the Center?
Children are referred through the three agencies that are mandated to receive reports of child abuse: Law enforcement, Department of Children & Families and the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. All services provided are derived from any of these investigative authorities.
We serve as a public clearing house and regularly offer guidance and support to the public, teachers, medical personnel and other child-serving entities on how to navigate concerns about child abuse.
Should you suspect that your child (or a child that you know) has been abused, please call 911 or the statewide intake line of DCF at 1-800-792-5200.
Where are you located?
58 Arch Street
Fall River, MA 02724