In 1995, Carol Rahter, DO went to work with a child abuse task force to plan and seek grants to fund an ideal environment that would offer abused children forensic interviews and medical exams in a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere. The first advocacy center opened in a one-room psychiatric outpatient facility in Conway. The center, then known as CHIP, quickly outgrew the space and moved to a leased home, also in Conway. It wasn’t fancy, but 41 children still found the care and support they needed to begin to heal due to Dr. Rahter’s efforts.
The Children’s Recovery Center (CRC) is a nonprofit community organization, which completes its work using your donations. The CRC has grown from that one room house serving 41 children to two buildings serving nearly 400 children in 2020. We believe we are only touching the surface of this problem as many cases continue to go unreported. Nationally, one in six children are victims of abuse. Sadly, victims know and love 95% of their abusers, which creates an atmosphere of, “Don’t Tell.” Our challenge continues to be encouraging abused children to Tell and feel safe doing so.
Were you an abused child and afraid to tell? Don’t let that cycle continue. Talk to your children about child abuse and let them know there is a safe place for them to go and talk about the trauma. Please help us educate the communicate by donating to this cause. Any amount will help because we make every dollar count.