MARIETTA — SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center has provided a safe, confidential, child-friendly facility for free investigative and therapeutic services to young victims of sexual and physical abuse since 1983. The focus is always on the child’s best interest.

Jinger Robins, executive director of SafePath, wanted to find a way to help these brave survivors after they left the center. She sought to provide support for children when they said goodbye and left the safe confines of the center.

Robins is one of 24 Children’s Advocacy Center directors in Georgia who shared their insights and experiences in serving children and families impacted by child, and transferred them to the written word. They created a unique book, “Words of Hope and Healing: Encouragement and Empowerment for Survivors of Child Abuse,” which was published in July. The book is meant to support and inspire childhood abuse survivors and their caretakers as they start the next chapter of their lives in the journey toward recovery.

The state chapter office, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, also located in Marietta, collaborated with the directors and sponsored the project.

“The goal of this book is to provide words of hope and healing for young survivors of childhood abuse and for readers to know of the existence of places like children’s advocacy centers that can help victims of child abuse,” said Andrew Agatston, CEO and General Counsel of the state chapter.

“Words of Hope and Healing” is written for the children and families served by Georgia’s children’s advocacy centers, but it is also meant to be an aid for anyone who has suffered from trauma, as well as their caretakers. All proceeds from book sales benefit the children and families who are served by the state chapter.

SafePath is a place of specially trained professionals, like the other Georgia centers, that include child protective service workers, law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and educators who provide evidence-based services, including referral for therapy, forensic interviews and medical exams, crisis intervention, support, community education and prevention programs, as well as multidisciplinary case management.

One of the elements that distinguish centers is that the pros come to the child, working to keep trauma to a minimum.

These programs fill a considerable need. According to recent studies, approximately one in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 (Darkness to Light, 2013).

For more information about the book, visit cacgabook.com.

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