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Community Outreach & Education


What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Descriptions of Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Neglect

* Physical Abuse: Examples include, but are not limited to: beating, harmful restraint, use of a weapon or instrument, or actions that result in or could result in serious physical injury.

* Sexual Abuse: This is any sexual behavior imposed on a juvenile. This involves a range of activities, including fondling the genital area, masturbation, oral sex, or vaginal or anal penetration by a finger, penis, or other object. It also includes exhibitionism, child pornography, and use of suggestive behaviors or comments.

* Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is expressing attitudes or behaviors toward a child that create serious emotional or psychological damage as evidenced by the juvenile’s severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior towards self or others.

* Neglect: Child neglect is defined as any serious disregard for a juvenile’s supervision, care, or discipline.

Information quoted in this section is from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina ( The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is an Affiliate Agency of Prevent Child Abuse NC.

The CAC provides education to the public including:

  • Darkness-to-Light Stewards of Children Training to educate parents, grandparents and everyone who works with children on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training for professionals and organizations on how to recognize the signs of child abuse and how to report suspicions of child abuse. 

Contact Faith (910-486-9700) at the CAC to setup training for your organization.



The Child Advocacy Center is a proud member of "The Team" known as SOAR which stands for – Strengthening Families, Provide Optimal Child Development, And Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect.