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Jolene’s Law Task Force “Final” Report and Next Steps

By Casey Murschel, CACSD Chapter Coordinator   The January 2016 Report to the Governor from the Jolene’s Law Task Force isn’t really a final report. “Final” implies the end. The work already done by the Task Force and the recommendations in the report for next steps are […]

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‘Twas a year for progress and for scandals in Pierre

‘Twas a year for progress and for scandals in Pierre

Here are just some of the folks who had noteworthy roles in state government during 2015. Marty Guindon — The state’s auditor general and staff at the Department of Legislative Audit conducted the first review of the GEAR UP program and found trouble. Sen. Mike Vehle — […]

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Jolene’s Law Task Force Update

Jolene’s Law Task Force Update

Jolene’s Law Task Force is to be commended. All too often people seek simple answers to complicated problems. Not this time. Over the past year and a half, with the leadership of Senator Deb Soholt, the child abuse professionals and legislators on the Task Force have gathered […]

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CACSD invites you to explore our new website!

CACSD invites you to explore our new website!

The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota (CACSD) invites you to explore our new website. Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the site is compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices. A search function enhances its […]

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October MDT Training Highlights

October MDT Training Highlights

    On October 30th, 52 people gathered to take a deeper look at how we as a community can best serve victims of child abuse and their families.  The audience was made up of law enforcement officers, attorneys, child protection workers, mental health providers, child advocacy […]

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Jolene’s Law Task Force hears school survey

Jolene’s Law Task Force hears school survey

Dr. Amy Schweinle USD Dept O… (Download MP3) SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – In a recent University of South Dakota survey for Jolene’s Law Task Force, schools report a wide range of child, sexual abuse cases. Dr. Amy Schweinle says schools also had concerns over a […]

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Victim rights constitutional amendment depends on SAVIN technology to work

Victim rights constitutional amendment depends on SAVIN technology to work

PIERRE—The leader of a petition drive to put a victim rights amendment in the South Dakota Constitution faced a mix of skepticism and support Monday during a presentation to members of the governor’s special panel studying child sexual abuse. The Jolene’s Law Task Force hosted Jason Glodt, […]

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Chasing Lost Innocence: Healing After Sexual Abuse

Chasing Lost Innocence: Healing After Sexual Abuse

Sunny Red Bear lost it all but is still standing tall. At 28, she has overcome years of sexual and emotional abuse by her adoptive white father, a subsequent court trial and guilty plea for her abuser, alcoholism, recovery and the birth of her son. It was […]

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Sex abuse victims need expert investigation teams, panel says

Sex abuse victims need expert investigation teams, panel says

September 29, 2015 As seen originally in Argus Leader. Any child who reports sexual abuse ought to be evaluated in a child advocacy center and every possible criminal case should be funneled through a regional team of experts, according to members of a task force on abuse […]

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Choose Your Partner with Care

Choose Your Partner with Care

July 31, 2015 By Hollie Strand, Educator/Forensic Interviewer Kids are frustrating! I think anyone who has spent more than a couple hours with a child; especially an infant would probably agree that kids can be quite frustrating. They scream, yell, fight, fuss, and throw fits; and half […]

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