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Bipartisan Legislation Co-Sponsored by Tillis Protecting Victims of Child Abuse Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable, was signed into law by President Donald Trump.

“Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who are victims of child abuse and assisting law enforcement officials in prosecuting those responsible,” said Senator Tillis. “I am proud to co-sponsor this bill that takes another important step towards protecting North Carolina’s most vulnerable and at-risk children, and I hope this Congress continues taking steps to protect victims of crime and their families.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers employ a multi-disciplinary team of trained professionals to conduct forensic interviews of children who have been victims of abuse. These interviews are designed to be admissible in court while also preventing children from being re-traumatized by having to tell their accounts multiple times. Use of Children’s Advocacy Centers leads to faster criminal charging decisions in sexual abuse cases, increased felony prosecutions of child sexual abuse, and lower average per-case costs.

The bill has garnered widespread support from the nation’s top advocacy groups, including the National Children’s Alliance, National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National Association of Police Organizations, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and National District Attorneys Association. The bill is also backed by the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, the North East Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the National Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.

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