Child Advocacy Center Support Group Aids Sexual Abuse Survivors

FULTON, NY – As a follow-up to its recent Darkness to Light Workshop the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County is now offering a weekly support group for adolescent survivors of sexual or physical abuse to aid in their healing process and recovery from this traumatic experience.

According to CAC Therapist Melanie Proper, the groups are an extension of the Darkness to Light Workshop.

“From a therapeutic aspect the workshop was very successful,” said Proper. “Fallbrook provided a peaceful and calming setting where the girls felt safe and comfortable.  The feedback we received from the participants was overwhelmingly positive.”

During the workshop Proper, along with CAC Therapists Stacy Austin-Root, Melissa Baker, Carol Gazitano, Katie Ogden and Rachel Carbonaro led teens through an embodied verbal method and trauma-centered psychotherapy process that included activities such as music and art therapy, and sharing there experiences with, and their reactions to, the trauma.

“It was an opportunity for them to connect with others who have experienced the same type of abuse,” said Proper.

To continue the healing process and offer support to teens that were unable to attend the workshop, the CAC is offering weekly support groups for other adolescent survivors of abuse that wish to attend.

The groups are held each Wednesday throughout the summer from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the CAC office, 301 Beech St.

“The groups are open to any and all survivors of sexual or physical abuse between the ages of 12 and 19.  The groups are not limited to current consumers of CAC services.  Agencies are welcome to refer those that they feel could benefit from attending the groups,” said Proper. “I’m grateful to those that made our Darkness to Light Workshop such a success and inspired us to begin our weekly support group. Great Lakes Trolley for providing transportation to and from our offices in Fulton and Pulaski to Fallbrook; the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.”

Established in 2001, The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC) 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 the weekly support groups or other services provided by the Child Advocacy Center contact Proper at (315) 59-CHILD (592-4453) or visit