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There are 39 million child sexual abuse survivors in the U.S. today. The challenge of providing them and their families with support is enormous. So, too, is the task of helping law enforcement, child protection services, and others contribute to this fight.
Leading the Way
Zero Abuse Project is leveraging cutting-edge technology to create an artificial intelligence tool that will help expose predators and those who cover up for them in large institutions.
Advocating Public Policy Changes
Incentivizing institutions to root out child sexual predators also requires a change in the law. Our team is fighting for these changes and supporting lawmakers to pursue justice.
To protect children from abuse and sexual assault, by engaging people and resources through a trauma-informed approach of education, research, advocacy, and advanced technology.
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Our team of victim assistance professionals works closely with law enforcement, national and local non-profit organizations, legislators and the media to assist victim families.
Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) was founded to educate and assist families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children. They continue to work to end all forms of child maltreatment through education, training and prevention while advocating for and serving children, adult survivors and communities.
Jerry and Patty Wetterling Speak About Their Son Jacob
The Trauma-informed Prosecutor Project (TiPP), increases the effectiveness of the investigation and prosecution of child abuse by:
- Developing and providing state-of-the-art training and customized technical assistance to prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals
- Developing, distributing, and promoting free publications addressing present and emerging issues in the field
Child Advocacy Studies
CAST focuses on developing students’ understanding of the various factors that lead to child maltreatment and of various existing responses to incidents of child maltreatment, so they work more effectively within various systems and institutions that respond to these incidents.
SurvivorSpace is a new technology-based resource informed by survivors, for survivors. It offers a safe space where survivors can learn about child sexual abuse; find information on new rights under the law; focus on self-care and resiliency; read survivor stories; explore civil litigation; access national resources and institutional programs; and connect with others to learn about and discuss a wide range of topics.
ChildFirst® is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a competent, investigative interview of a child abuse victim using the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol.
ChildFirst® Forensic Interviewing Protocol
ChildFirst® is an interactive course which combines lectures with demonstrations and hands-on experience. ChildFirst® is a flexible model and takes a holistic approach and explores for all forms of maltreatment. Students will conduct a 30 minute interview with an actor/actress playing the role of an abused child and will be critiqued on their performance and take a written exam.
Zero Abuse Project is dedicated to safeguarding children from abuse and exploitation. Our Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program focuses on training and technology support for law enforcement and ICAC investigators. Projects include:
ICAC Task Force National Training Program: Offering training in forensics and emerging tech for combating child sexual exploitation.
Strengthening ICAC Technological Investigative Capacity: Enhancing skills in child exploitation search warrants, cloud forensics, and suspect interrogation.
NOVA (Nexus for Open-source Virtual Assistance): A cutting-edge tool streamlining social media and open-source intelligence accessible to all law enforcement officers.
Onsite & Virtual Training Opportunities
travel expenses are eliminated with on-site training
unparalleled access to leading experts with specialized knowledge and experience
with multiple opportunities, participants can reduce or even eliminate travel times
select the dates, times and location that work best for you
your team has the same unified learning experience together in their own familiar environment