Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County
Little Flock, Arkansas
We strive to increase the ability of child abuse victims and their non-offending family members to lead lives free of abuse and the trauma they have experienced. Equally important to our one-on-one services to child abuse victims, the CAC provides child abuse awareness and education to the community and often offers training to various professionals who work with children including schools, daycares, churches, civic organizations and at community events.
As our area grows, so does the need for continued education in our community. Only 10 percent of victims and survivors find the courage to report child abuse because of stigma, trauma, fear, shame, misplaced loyalty and distrust associated with disclosing. Nine out of 10 children will not report abuse - only one in 10 will tell. Since the CAC opened in 2000, we have seen over 7,000 children. Since that time prosecution of child abuse cases has increased over 2,000 percent.
The Glow Run not only serves as a fundraising event, allowing us to continue offering services free of charge, but also as a community awareness/ education opportunity. Though this event, participants are given the tools to start the conversation about abuse within their homes. Additionally, the Glow Run offers an avenue for families to collectively help children in need who have already experienced abuse and are in the process of healing. Together, we are giving children back their childhood!
On April 17th, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County hosted their 15th annual Cherishing Children Challenge in downtown Rogers featuring a 1-Mile Fun Walk/Run, 400-Yard Super Hero Dash, Burpee Mile, and a chip-timed 5k Glow Run. Over 900 people signed up this year to shine the light on child abuse and to help raise awareness of the CAC's mission of empowering children to find their voice. The event netted over $37,000, making this our biggest Glow Run to date in terms of both funds for families in need and awareness for the community.