Advocacy and Counseling Services
Advocacy and Support Services
Because sexual abuse is often committed by someone known and trusted, children and parents can feel isolated by extended family or other community members. The KRCAC offers caregivers a place to speak openly about the complex range of emotions and concerns that arise during this time.
A trained advocate is available to offer support for caregivers as they encounter the multitude of feelings that accompany sexual abuse investigations. Through crisis counseling, resource referrals, and supportive listening, an advocate will be present to help process the grief and anger that parents experience after a disclosure has been made. Parents can find support from advocates by appointment or by calling the center’s line at (606) 487-9173.
The Kentucky River Children's Advocacy Center offers short-term counseling services for sexually abused children. Children are seen at no cost for as long as needed.
The focus of treatment is the child and the issues that emerge surrounding sexual abuse. These include but are not limited to:
Changes in sleep patterns and nightmares
Changes in eating patterns, eating too much or too little.
Changes in behavior or mood that were not displayed before the abuse.
Feelings of anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, and guilt related to sexual abuse.
Some children may not display any symptoms at first; however it is important to provide counseling for them. The earlier a child enters treatment, the better it is for the child and family