The reality is that many children are abused. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before age 18. 1 in 5 children receive a sexual solicitation while on the Internet – most never tell. An estimated 906,000 children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year and statistics tell us that four children in the U.S. die every day as a result of child abuse. Ray of Hope Advocacy Center brings together, in one location, child abuse professionals who work together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases. At Ray of Hope we put children and families at the center of everything we do.
Ray of Hope Advocacy Center is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines (law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy) work together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.
We are a community-based program designed to meet the unique needs of Northeast Oklahoma. We believe child abuse is a multifaceted community problem and no single agency, individual or discipline has the necessary knowledge, skills or resources to serve the needs of all children and their families independently. Ray of Hope Advocacy Center’s primary goal is to ensure that children are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them.