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  • A child-focused, community-based facility for children up to 18 who are victims of suspected physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or those who have witnessed violence.

  • Engages a community response with the following partners: Law Enforcement, Prosecutor’s Office, Medical, Advocacy, Mental Health, and the Advocacy Center.

  • Located at NW Pediatrics in Centralia, the YAC provides a “one-stop shop.” This eliminates the need for children having to tell their story of abuse multiple times to different agencies during the investigative process.

  • Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County is a member of the United Way of Lewis County.

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National and Local Data Report:

Per national statistics 1 in 10 kids will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

In Lewis County, Washington...

  • 90% of child victims know their abusers.
  • 20% of children are sexually abused before the age 8.
  • 60% of child sexual victims never tell anyone.
  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet.
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  • All services are provided at no cost to child victims and the non-offending family members
  • Forensic Interviews – Developmentally appropriate and defensible in court (Age 3-18 & vulnerable adults)
  • Multidisciplinary Case Staffing

  • SANE—Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners from St. Peter’s Child Sexual Assault Clinic are available for on-site exams

  • Victim Advocacy– Support, and Education
  • Information & Referral Services
  • Multidisciplinary Team Staffing

  • Community Outreach
  • Education to Organizations
  • Darkness to Light—Stewards of Children
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Child Survivors and Family Members
  • Caregivers

  • Coordinate with partners county wide to deliver more efficient services

Remember, if you suspect abuse or believe a child is in danger, please call 911 or CPS at 1-888-713-6115


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