Child sexual abuse is found everywhere. In the best of neighborhoods, and the poorest of towns. Sometimes the perpetrator is a stranger. But 90 percent of the time, the child knows, loves and trusts their abuser.
Need help with an investigation? Want to understand mandated reporting? Would like a presentation to your group? If you’re a professional working with children, we can help.
How we help kids
Before there were Child Advocacy Centers, children and families had to begin at the emergency room or the police station and then navigate the complex systems—medical, law enforcement, prosecution, counseling—on their own. We made it better. A lot better. And our approach saves one-third of the cost. Read more.
Our partners make it possible
Our partners include: Monroe County Child Protective Services | Law enforcement, including: Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police | Monroe County District Attorney’s Office | REACH Program of Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester | RESTORE (Rape Crisis Service) | Linden Oaks Specialized Assessment and Treatment Services | Catholic Family Center. Read more about their expertise and the way we collaborate on behalf of children.
“He did tell me this is like a secret between us.” “I trusted Him so much.” Watch the stories.
Our new 2013 Annual Report is being developed and planned for release in April, 2014.
Stewards of Children Training
Bivona Child Advocacy Center is committed to the prevention of child sexual abuse in our community. As part of the Greater Rochester Darkness to Light Collaborative, we are offering the nationally-recognized Stewards of Children training designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.
Stewards of Children classes are currently being scheduled! Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Stefanie Szwejbka at (585) 935-7822 or sszwejbkabivonacac [dot] org. After registering, please click here if you choose to make online payment. The cost per person is $20.00.
Upcoming D2L Classes
Friday, November 21
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bivona Child Advocacy Center, 275 Lake Avenue
Contact: Stefanie Szwejbka at (585) 935-7822
Don't see a time that works? Call Stefanie to ask about other class times.
Museum steps up to help train 5% of Monroe County adults in five years to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK; May 22, 2014- The Strong museum this week has taken a powerful stand to help stop child sexual abuse in its tracks.
The world-class family museum, which welcomes more than 500,000 guests through its doors each year, has joined ranks with Bivona Child Advocacy Center, the YMCA of Greater Rochester and 10 other organizations to prevent child sexual abuse in the only way possible: by educating adults.
This week, museum officials will sign the D2L Collaborative Memorandum of Understanding and assist with the D2L’s goals to educate 5% of Monroe County adults—28,000 people—over five years to help prevent abuse.