As mentioned previously, each survivor’s reaction to abuse will vary, which causes the kinds of treatments available to be very diverse in their uses. After experiencing CSA, the process through which an individual may begin to cope with that trauma will vary from person to person. However, it is possible to identify common themes in the initial coping mechanisms of survivors of CSA. It is also possible to recognize common repercussions of the same or similar types of abuse (e.g.

Children learn by what they are taught in the world. They learn by their experiences, for example, if a crying infant’s caregiver responds to their cries by picking them up and soothing them, they learn that they will be taken care of when they cry. If a child is grounded for not cleaning their room, they will learn that  there will be consequences for their actions. Children also learn by intentional design, like a caregiver teaching a child how to brush their teeth or a teacher providing instruction on higher math.

On March 30th, our Board of Commissioners officially recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention month in Oakland County (see photo above). In addition to being a welcome sign of support, it underlines how important the role of the community-at-large is to tackling the problem of abuse.

When CARE House was founded in 1977, its primary mission was to focus on developing successful methods of child abuse prevention. Though our programs have expanded in the ensuing years, we have continued to pursue our original goal, and it forms a central component of our vision to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County.