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September 22, 2018

Child Advocacy Center Offers Light to Sexual Abuse Survivors


FULTON, NY – For adolescent survivors of sexual abuse, healing from this traumatic experience is often quite a difficult process. However, in times like these the services offered through the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County are able to provide the survivor with the tools necessary to expedite the healing process.

Facilitators for the Child Advocacy Center’s upcoming “Darkness to Light Workshop display examples of art therapy that plays a role in the workshop. Seated in front from left are: CAC staff members Melanie Proper, Stacy Austin-Root and Melissa Baker. Back row from left are: CAC interns Rachel Carbonaro and Katie Ogden.

Facilitators for the Child Advocacy Center’s upcoming “Darkness to Light Workshop display examples of art therapy that plays a role in the workshop. Seated in front from left are: CAC staff members Melanie Proper, Stacy Austin-Root and Melissa Baker. Back row from left are: CAC interns Rachel Carbonaro and Katie Ogden.

One of those tools is the upcoming “Darkness to Light Workshop” that will be held June 30 at Fallbrook Recreation Center, 103 Thompson Road in Oswego.

Made possible through a mini-grant provided by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the “Darkness to Light Workshop” is designed to provide hope to adolescent survivors of sexual abuse by helping them develop a better understanding of the healing process.

Executive Director of the CAC, Karrie Damm explained, “The devastating effects of sexual abuse permeate a child’s soul, often leaving shame, loneliness, and blame in its wake. The purpose of this workshop is to give survivors an opportunity to reframe their experiences through drama, music, and art therapy, give the healing process another form, and allow teens to connect with others who have experienced the same type of abuse.”

CAC therapists Melanie Proper, Stacy Austin-Root and Melissa Baker, along with and interns from SUNY Oswego will facilitate the workshop.

The team of therapists will lead teens through an embodied verbal method and trauma-centered psychotherapy process.

“The therapists at the CAC do a wonderful job every day, and they are especially proud of the work they do with teens during this workshop every year. We are also thankful of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for affording us the opportunity to bring a unique healing experience to abused youth as we continue our mission to protect and serve children of Oswego County that have been sexually or physically abused,” said Damm.

Established in 2001, The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse and offers a wide range of services to children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused.

Working together with law enforcement investigators, child protective services, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, the probation department, and the district attorney’s office, the CAC looks to maintain a well-coordinated, effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse.

For more information on services provided by the Child Advocacy Center, visit www.oswegocac.org or contact Damm at (315) 59-CHILD (592-4453).

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