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city-street-house-broken-largeAbout Child Abuse

  • More than 800,000 children are confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect each year in the U.S. 
  • Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, followed by physical abuse. 
  • Younger children (ages 0-6) are the most vulnerable to abuse. 
  • One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18. 
  • 95% of all victims know their perpetrators. Perpetrators often consist of family members, friends, and acquaintances.

There are a large percentage of  children who do not disclose abuse until adulthood, if ever at all. Some consequences of child sexual abuse include fear, loneliness, self-blame, poor self-esteem, anger, and mental health issues. Disclosure of child sexual abuse is a process. It is estimated that only one in ten child victims disclose abuse.   



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PURPLE Program

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time. This period of increased crying is often described as colic, but there have been many misunderstandings about what “colic” really is.

For more information on this new program from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, please visit dontshake.org.

The Argus Leader did a story on the Period of PURPLE Crying. Check it out here.







“The Child Advocacy Center of the Black Hills (CACBH) is a vital part of our community’s response to child abuse and neglect.  Having a child advocacy center in our area allows for children to be interviewed one time, in turn minimizing the emotional trauma they face in these difficult situations.  Western South Dakota is fortunate to have such caring and professional staff at CACBH.  They are definitely an integral part of our multidisciplinary response to child abuse and neglect, and we appreciate all of their efforts and hard work.” – Carson, Child Protective Services


The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota

CACSD is a network of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.

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What can you do?

Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family – it may even save a child’s life. Learn more about reporting child abuse here.