Here is an invitation from Dawson Place to learn more about child abuse and sexual assault at venues across the city of Everett, Washington during the month of April.
Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center focuses on treating child abuse and sexual assault victims every day throughout the year, however this month they are joining the national movement and partnering with local bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants to strengthen our community in recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Through Coffee, Cookies, & Conversation, nine Everett bakeries and coffee shops will encourage talking about this once taboo subject, while enjoying custom baked blue pastries and locally roasted coffee. Blue is the color for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“During the month of April, Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center will work with community businesses and host special events to raise awareness about the prevalence of child sexual abuse in our community. These events are designed to not only raise awareness but to educate adults on how to identify, respond, and prevent the sexual abuse of children in their care. We invite you to join the conversation, and to stand up to child abuse by participating in one of these events. Together, we can better protect the children in our lives.” Lori Vanderburg – Executive Director
From April 8 to 14, join the conversation to end child sexual abuse at one of these participating bakeries/cafés:
Petite Sweet Bakery (2613 Colby Ave, Everett)
Choux Choux Bakery (2900 Grand Ave, Everett)
Delite Bakery (3713 Broadway, Everett)
Los Gavilanes (209 E Casino Rd Ste H, Everett)
Mi Familia Panadería (617 128th St SW Ste 106, Everett)
Karl’s Café and Bakery (2814 Wetmore Ave, Everett)
Café Wylde (2918 Hoyt Ave, Everett)
Bargreen’s Coffee Shop (2821 Rucker Ave, Everett)
Tabby’s Coffee in the Everett Public Library (2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett)
Anthony’s Woodfire Grill on the Everett waterfront will offer their “Blue Plate Special” during lunch from April 8th – 30th with a portion of each Blue Plate sold, going to support Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center of Snohomish County.
Far more children are sexually abused than most people realize. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday – that equates to 400,000 children annually in the U.S. In Snohomish County, Washington we estimate that there are over 18,000 children in need of our services.
These young victims are at greater risk to have academic difficulties and behavioral problems which can lead to delinquency, poor school performance, increased drop out and runaway rates, and more frequent arrests than that of their non-abused peers. Child sexual abuse also impacts health. Abused children are more likely to suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide attempts and sexually-transmitted diseases. If untreated, these children grow into adults with a doubled risk of substance abuse and emotional problems. Adult survivors of child sexual abuse are twice as likely to smoke, be physically inactive, and be severely obese, in addition to being 30% more likely to develop serious conditions like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart problems. The economic and societal impact that this has on our society is enormous. The CDC estimates that a single incident of child abuse costs $210,000 over a victim’s lifetime in social services and lost productivity.
But Dawson Place can help these young victims return to normal, healthy life.
ABOUT DAWSON PLACE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER
Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that serves Snohomish County, Washington families with children and developmentally challenged youth and adults who are victims of sexual assault, physical abuse, or neglect. Dawson Place is a child-focused and friendly location that delivers ALL available services for victims of abuse at no out-of-pocket expense to service users.
Dawson Place unites the primary public and private agencies that serve child abuse victims in Snohomish County, Washington. Onsite partner agencies include the Snohomish County Sheriff, Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney, Compass Health, and Child Protective Services. Every law enforcement agency in Snohomish County uses Dawson Place’s facilities and services. The five partner agencies that make up Dawson Place work collaboratively at one location to provide separate but coordinated services for abused children. Since opening their doors in 2006, Dawson Place has served over 13,000 children and their families. Dawson Place serves 20% of all the children seen at Child Advocacy Centers in the state of Washington.
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