What do you know about the Child Sexual Assault response continuum in OKLAHOMA COUNTY. How protected are we and our children?
Did you know that it is a collection of agencies that fall under non-profit, city, county, state and federal jurisdiction, but there is not a central focal point that hangs over the whole collection to focus and provide the absolute BEST prevention and care for our children, youth, young adults and families at risk for problems like this?
Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma (non-profit) local, prevention education only
Institute for Child Advocacy (non-profit) does not deal with child abuse issues
Children’s Rights (non-profit) from NYC has federal cases brewing with DHS legal, topic specific fostercare.
The Care Center (non-profit) private, state (?) and federal funds This is the forensic medical interview facility.
Oklahoma County DHS ( state government)
The Oklahoma City Police Department ( city government)
The Oklahoma County Sherriff’s Department (county government)
The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (state government) monitors some child issues ? which OSBI ( state government) FBI ( federal government)
Oklahoma Court Systems: County through OKDHS child abuse/family systems/juvenile courts or County at Oklahoma County Courthouse.
Are the child sex abuse responses ( CSAR) ready?
Are they ( CSAR) ETHICAL?
Do they ( CSAR) use national best practices for prevention, detection and response?
Do you have enough time, energy and understanding to look at this system and see how and if they are doing the job to your satisfaction?
If they were or if they weren’t who is monitoring them?
It is not just one agency, it is comprised of multiple agencies over multiple environments: city, state, county, federal and non-profit. So it is not just under one faction, and some of it isn’t even under genuine regulation.
Understanding what is and what to do about molestation, pornography, sexual abuse, sexual assault, incest, child prostitution is not dinner table discussion in most households. But it also is not taught in schools, churches, homes or planned supervised social activities for young people and family.
Where do we REALLY talk about this as a community?
How do you get past the fiction and on to the facts? How do you get past the ICK factor and on to the HUMAN need to be protected?
This is something most people don’t really have a developed opinion of…..what qualifies as sexual abuse? which agencies deal with which types of perpetrators? are perpetrators really male, female, child, adolescent adult? how long does it take to investigate? how long does it take to prosecute? how many prosecutions are there per reported incidents? who is protected, who is investigated, who is prosecuted and how is it handled and how many successes vs. failed investigations. Are all these services licensed, regulated by ethics and at the highest level of training they can be? Actually, most people don’t have a way to pose questions about our local system, because the system is divided into so many parts, and there is no central spot to pose a question, make an observation, give a compliment or express a concern.
Looks like it’s time to expand policy, increase our expectations and evolve our systems of service.
More eyes on assessments, outcomes, diagnosis and responses. Consumer advocacy and community involvement, headed by experienced licensed professionals can bring about best practices and higher levels of protective response.
What are your expectations, and how long will it take for you to get from thoughts to actions regarding this topic?
Maybe you could contact the Oklahoma State Attorney General’s Victims Rights Office? or maybe you could contact State Mental Health Inspector?