Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Action Month

By Southcentral Foundation Public Relations

Southcentral Foundation observed Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Action Month in April. In recognition of the month, Alaska CARES hosted a display in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center featuring the artwork of hundreds of children, giving voice to the 845 individuals who were evaluated by Alaska CARES in 2021.

Alaska CARES display at Anchorage Native Primary Care Center on the Alaska Native Health Campus.

Alaska CARES, a service of The Children’s Hospital at Providence, is an outpatient clinic that provides complete sexual and physical abuse evaluations for children, from newborn to 18 years, and 24-hour on-call services for cases that are considered emergent.

Southcentral Foundation has been a longtime partner and contributor to Alaska CARES. In addition to operational support, Southcentral Foundation’s Alaska Native Advocacy Team is co-located at Alaska CARES and serves Alaska Native and American Indian children and families. This collaboration, which is unique among children’s advocacy centers, ensures systems and services are respectful and culturally appropriate.

Southcentral employees wore teal to demonstrate support and increase awareness of the positive action being taken by SCF and the community.

Alaska CARES, a multi-disciplinary team, participated in wear teal day, April 5.

Family Wellness Warriors Learning and Development Training Specialist Polly Andrews and FWW Learning and Development Associate Marissa Leuer participated in Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Action Month by hosting a segment on KNBA radio featuring Alaska Native-led services while highlighting hope, healing, and the Alaska Native value of family strength. Click below to hear the full segment.