|Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
|Serving Gonzales & Lavaca Counties
|Changing Lives ~ Giving Hope
It is our mission to restore the
children of Gonzales, Lavaca
and surrounding counties by uniting
public officials and our community.
|To Report Suspected Abuse, call 1-800-252-5400 OR 911
|Texas Family Code (261.101) states that a person having cause to believe that a child's
physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by the abuse or
neglect must Failure to report is punishable by imprisonment for up to 180 days and/or a
fine up to $2,000.
|Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center is approved by the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to
the extent provided by law.
GRCAC's Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 74-2920527.
|Help us restore dignity, hope
and security to a child.
|Gonzales Regional CAC
1604 St. Paul St
Gonzales, Tx 78629
|We could expect to see 205 new sexual abuse cases
from the 2 counties if our program runs as it should.
|Who will speak for the
We have started off 2016 with a BANG! Since September (the beginning of our
fiscal year), Norma’s House has served 110 children, which is a 51% increase
compared to 73 children at this time last year. We have conducted 77
interviews, an 83% increase compared to 42 interviews last year. We also
send children that have made an outcry of sexual abuse to have a Sexual
Assault Nurse Exam (SANE) at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in
Seguin. These exams are performed by a special nurse who has been
specifically trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault survivors,
show compassion and sensitivity to survivors of sexual assault and provide
effective courtroom testimony. We have accompanied 23 children and their
caregivers to SANEs this year, up 35% compared to 17 last year.
Educating kids is a very important part of Norma’s House. We offer education
for grades Pre-K through 12th grade about personal safety and internet safety.
Our new program “Dave the Minion” has been in the Nixon and Gonzales
elementary schools! The kids talk Dave through a whole day of how to be
safe, who to tell if you feel unsafe and to say NO to unwanted touches. This
program is scheduled for Yoakum Elementary in April and Hallettsville
Elementary in May. We are having more kids coming forward and telling about
their abuse through the education programs.
*According to National statistics
|2014 Estimated Population of Gonzales and |
|Number of persons under 18 yrs||
|Number of females under 18 yrs||
|Number of males under 18 yrs||
|One in 4 girls may be sexually abused*||
|One in 6 boys may be sexually abused*||
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|Timely and Appropriate Intervention and Help is Critical
|lead to many adverse long-term consequences, including but not limited to:
Engaging in High Risk Behavior: Early initiation of smoking, sexual
activity, illicit drug use, adolescent pregnancies, and even suicide.
Chronic Illness: There is a strong link between adverse childhood
experiences, such as abuse and trauma, and the onset of adult of chronic
illness. Research has found that individuals experiencing multiple traumas
as children were found to have significantly higher rates of heart disease,
chronic pulmonary lung disease, hepatitis, depression, diabetes, and even
Interaction with the Adult and Juvenile Justice Systems: Without
appropriate and effective intervention, this population also has a 53%
greater likelihood of being arrested for juvenile crime and a 38% greater
likelihood of being arrested as an adult.
Overall Costs to Society: Furthermore, the direct costs of dealing with child
abuse and neglect including hospitalization, chronic health problems,
mental health care, child welfare, law enforcement, and costs to the judicial
system are estimated to be more than $103.8 billion annually (in 2007
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