Child Abuse Prevention
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month; a period of time to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. The Yolo County District Attorney's Office not only has services for child abuse, but also is a participant in the steering committee for Yolo County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children or CSEC. Child sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of minors through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, basic necessities, such as shelter or food, and/or money. When most Americans hear the words "sex trafficking," they tend to think of it as an international problem. However, about 100,000 US children are sold into human trafficking every year and California is known to have three of the nation's 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.
Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Susz, who works in the Special Victims Unit, spoke about how the Yolo County District Attorney's Office is fighting against child abuse by prosecuting offenders. She discussed the Yolo County CSEC Committee and the multi-disciplinary team that come together when a potential case comes along. Even if the Yolo County District Attorney's Office is not able to bring about a prosecution, there are still many services offered to victims. Not only does the CSEC Committee assist victims of crimes, it also serves potential, at risk victims, and aims to provide resources to prevent child trafficking.
By: April Hoffman, YCDA Communications