FULTON, NY – Karrie Damm, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Oswego County, recently spoke to the Fulton Noon Rotary Club.
She was introduced by Rotarian Nancy Kush Ellis.
The center was formed in 2001 and serves as a “one stop” place for sexually abused children ages birth to 18.
The center is staffed with various professionals and specialized equipment so that the child doesn’t have to retell their story multiple times.
Counselors, law enforcement and social workers are available to assist the victims.
Last year, the center served 475 youth, most aged birth to 6.
Damm said that 95% of the time the children are victimized by someone they know, either family members or friends of the family.
Oswego County has the fourth highest number in NYS, but Damm is hoping that it’s because more children and families are coming forward to use their services.
Fifty-nine cases were successfully prosecuted last year.
The rotarians presented Damm with a donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center.