By KAROLYN GEPHART
The community is invited to take part in a special project put together by the Friendswood Police Department and under the direction of Officer Lisa Price.
Backpacks and school supplies are needed for a Back to School Drive by the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston. The CAC is a safe haven to sexually abused children – a place where they can receive the specialized care and treatment. Their goal is to promote the complete healing of child victims and their families.
“When the Friendswood Police Department found out that the Children’s Assessment needed help, we knew that we could count on the generosity of Friendswood and its citizens to help gather donations for this cause,” Price said.
The supplies will be used for children in grades k- 12 and will help them with a new start for school. A donation bin is set up at the Friendswood Police Department.
“These victims of child sexual abuse have already been through so much. If donations of school supplies can help with their healing and transition to some type of normalcy in school, we knew that we wanted to be a part of that,” Price said. She is organizing the Friendswood Police Department’s Back to School Supply Drive for CAC.
The CAC is dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary team approach in the prevention, assessment, investigation and treatment of child sexual abuse with a mission to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in the community.
Sexual abuse spares no race, ethnicity, nationality, or socio-economic group. Sexual abuse is often covered with a veil of secrecy and silence, which, in turn, perpetuates the cycle and enables the abuse to continue. There is an estimated 39 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in America today.
The CAC is one of the largest advocacy centers in the nation. Since 2000, The CAC has provided services to over 52,000 sexually abused children in the Greater Houston Metroplex.
“The CAC is hoping to have backpacks and school supplies for approximately 900 children,” Price said. “Friendswood is helping to make that happen.”
The CAC website at www.cachouston.org has school supply lists if anyone wants to see them. Any school supply is accepted.
The FPD with the drop off bin is located at 1600 Whitaker Drive in Friendswood or anyone can help by hosting a school supply drive benefitting the Children’s Assessment Center at their work, school, or organization. The deadline for donations is July 22.
The Children’s Assessment Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.