River Bridge Voices: Let the Words Fall Out

Welcome to River Bridge Regional Center's Blog. A space to share stories, experiences, and the perspective of children and families who utilize our services, the staff who work here, and other professionals dedicated to fighting child abuse.   



  • Why We Shine: Support Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Why We ShineSupport Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse At a time when disclosures of sexual abuse and harassment are becoming mainstream, child sexual abuse still lives in secrecy and shame.  Through a new national campaign – the SHINE Campaign – we at River Bridge Regional Center are changing the conversation around child sexual abuse. In our state alone, 434,532 adult survivors live with the consequences every day. But the stories of our survivors don’t end there. River Bridge Regional Center is joining a national movement called the SHINE Campaign. Starting with our nation’s 882 CACs and 50 state Chapters, we’ll be sharing the stories of survivors and their friends and loved ones—not stories of trauma, but ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2019, 2:26 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Circle of Protection: A Child Advocacy Center Model Circle of Protection: A Child Advocacy Center Model(Image by Lotus Children’s Advocacy Center)Child Abuse is one of the most significant public health problems in the United States.  In addition to the alarming number of children who experience abuse and neglect, the economic repercussions are staggering.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that: In 2017, an estimated 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect. About 674,000 children were identified as victims of child abuse or neglect by child protective service agencies in 2017. An estimated one in four children has experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives. At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and or neglect ...
    Posted May 23, 2019, 3:38 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Child Advocacy Centers and River Bridge 101 Child Advocacy Centers and River Bridge 101Child advocacy centers are child-focused, facility-based programs in which representatives from core disciplines—law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, and family advocacy—collaborate to use their collective knowledge and expertise to improve the response and investigation of child abuse allegations.  Historically, child abuse victims were required to tell their story multiple times to different agencies, forcing children to relive their traumatic experiences, often creating additional stress and anxiety for the child and their family.  National Children's Alliance Using the Child Advocacy Center Model that is no longer the case in our community.  River Bridge Regional Center (RBRC) is a nationally accredited child advocacy center, utilizing a child-centered ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2019, 8:35 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • What You Really Want What You Really WantI would like to tell you about the experience of a brave and intelligent teenage girl who the River Bridge staff had the pleasure of working with. Denise (name changed for privacy) was 15 when she first came to River Bridge with her mother and siblings. The evening before, her father had confessed to the police that he had been sexually abusing his daughter. His confession and Denise’s disclosure was of ongoing sexual abuse that occurred for years and didn’t stop until the day she came into River Bridge. The abuse had begun when Denise was four years old. At River Bridge, the investigators learned through a neutral and child friendly forensic interview that ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2018, 2:20 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Bridge to Their Futures Campaign River Bridge Regional Center Presents Bridge to Their Futures Campaign Dear Friends, With great enthusiasm, we give our support to the Bridge to Their Futures Campaign of River Bridge Regional Center (RBRC). The renovation of an additional property, expansion of programs, and addition to RBRC’s operating reserve fund will ensure that all child abuse victims continue to receive services in a safe, confidential, and child-friendly environment. The success of this campaign will also ensure that all sexual assault victims – children and adults – have access to essential medical treatment. In December 2017, RBRC marked its 10th anniversary. Since opening its doors, RBRC has served over 1,660 children and 2,490 family members in a four-county ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2018, 2:43 PM by Bridget Derkash
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