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News 2: Dee Norton opens second Lowcountry child advocacy center

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is opening a second location in the Lowcountry to better serve the community. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday at 11 a.m. the new location on Long Point Road.

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ABC News 4: New Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center opens to transform child abuse services in Lowcountry

“This location will provide a whole spectrum of services,” Executive Director and CEO Carole Swiecicki said. “For example forensic services to find out what, if anything, has happened, medical examinations provided by MUSC, mental health assessments, and evidence based therapies for those struggling with emotional problems.”

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Daniel Island News Reports on New Mount Pleasant Location

“(Former) Mayor Riley called us a ‘one-stop shop’ for child abuse,” said Director of Development and Marketing Beverly Hutchison. “We were founded on the premise of being a place where a child and a family could go and access everything our community had to offer around the issue of child abuse.”

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Moultrie News Highlights New Facility in Mount Pleasant

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LowcountryBizSC Highlights Third Annual Charleston Child Trauma Conference – October 16-19

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center announced that the third annual Charleston Child Trauma Conference will take place October 16 – 19 in downtown Charleston, SC. This multidisciplinary conference for professionals in the field of child abuse and trauma is designed to bridge science and practice to elevate the field while connecting colleagues across many disciplines.

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Live 5 News Highlights Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Partnerships with Mt. Pleasant and Charleston during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center partnered with Charleston and Mt. Pleasant to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention. The city and town declared themselves “Pinwheel Cities” at press conferences during the month of April. Dr. Carole Swiecicki, executive director and CEO of the Center, discusses why investing in children improves our entire community.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Discusses Best Practices When Hiring Caregivers

Live 5 News discusses how to minimize risk of abuse when hiring a caregiver with Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Executive Director and CEO Dr. Carole Swiecicki. Dr. Swiecicki suggests asking tough questions, checking in spontaneously, checking past records, and trusting your instinct to help prevent a caregiver from abusing a child.

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Holy City Sinner Highlights Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Support of Wear Blue Day

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center rallied in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Holy City Sinner highlights the initiatives they supported in April, including Wear Blue Day.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Promotes Child Abuse Prevention Month on Fox 24 News Now

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Director of Development and Marketing Beverly Hutchison appeared on Fox 24 News Now to discuss Child Abuse Prevention Month. Hutchison discusses how the public can help local victims and participate in activities to help prevent the abuse of children in the Lowcountry.

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Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Biz Wire Features Appointment of Two New Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Board Members

CRBJ’s Biz Wire features the addition of Blair Turner and Lance Oliver to the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Board of Directors. Turner and Oliver will each serve a three-year term.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Discusses Critical Need for Foster Parents in South Carolina with Live 5 News

Live 5 News reports there are over 4,600 kids in foster care in South Carolina, and the state needs an additional 1,500 foster homes for them. The Center’s Executive Director and CEO Dr. Carole Swiecicki says this shortage of foster homes can result in a child being moved out of the area and can exasperate a child’s reactions to the traumatic event that lead them to being placed in foster care.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Discusses Presence of Human Trafficking in the Lowcountry with WCBD News 2

Director of Community Programs at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Rachel Garrett says more people are starting to recognize the presence of human trafficking in Charleston, so it’s important for parents to recognize the warning signs and risk factors. Garrett says parents play a large role in putting a stop to human trafficking.

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The Post and Courier Discusses Strides in Human Trafficking Awareness in S.C. and Problems that Still Exist with the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

The Post and Courier explains major strides have been made in South Carolina since the passage of a sweeping anti-human trafficking bill in 2012. But gaps still exist in resources, treatment available to victims and public comprehension of the problem. Rachel Garrett, director of community programs at the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center says one way to improve is to set up a facility where victims can be housed safely while authorities conduct forensic interviews, do medical exams and sort out what each victim needs to begin recovery.

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WCBD News 2 Speaks to Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert About Local Criminal Sexual Conduct Case

Dr. Carole Swiecicki, executive director and CEO of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center spoke to News 2 about a Mount Pleasant martial arts instructor accused of sexual assault. Dr. Swiecicki explains how children are taught to obey authority figures like teachers and coaches, but it’s important to teach them when it’s okay to say no. Dr. Swiecicki also suggests keeping open communication lines can help prevent this type of abuse.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Discusses Warning Signs for Parents with ABC News 4

Dr. Carole Swiecicki, executive director and CEO of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center discusses warning signs for parents regarding sexual abuse. ABC News 4 spoke to Dr. Swiecicki after a local teacher was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Tells Live 5 News Parents Should Trust Their Instincts Regarding Abuse

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Dr. Carole Swiecicki spoke to Live 5 News regarding sexual assault allegations against a local martial arts instructor. According to Dr. Swiecicki parents should look for warning signs regarding incidents of assault. She says if children are suddenly withdrawn from activities, that can be an indicator to a parent that something has happened.

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Macaroni Kid Charleston Features Tips from Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Experts on How to Talk to Kids about Traumatic Events.

News of school shootings often cause sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety and anger in children. Macaroni Kid Charleston shares how Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center experts suggest parents talk to their kids about these types of traumatic events.

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Annual Dinner Auction Raises $575,000 for Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

Moultrie News featured Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s record-breaking dinner auction. The Center raised $575,000 at the 18th annual dinner auction on Thursday, February 2, 2018 at the Cedar Room.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Comments on Case of Inappropriate Touching by a Child

While investigating a report of inappropriate touching on a local school bus, WCBD News 2 spoke to Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Dr. Carole Swiecicki. Dr. Swiecicki says young kids have normal body curiosity parents should address, and parents should teach kids when it is and isn’t okay for anyone to touch them.

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The Post and Courier Shares Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Signs of Sex Trafficking

During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, The Post and Courier shared Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s tips for parents and adults to recognize the signs of children and minors who are victims of sex trafficking.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Discusses Possible Impact of Proposed Child Sex Trafficking Bill

Rachael Garrett, director of community programs at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, discusses a proposed bill moving through the South Carolina State House aiming to end modern day slavery. The bill would expand the definition of child abuse outside of family members and would allow child protective services to intervene in cases. Garrett says the bill could help victims get the services that they need regardless of whether the perpetrator is a parent, guardian or a person without custody of a child.

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Lowcountry Parent Features the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center and Executive Director and CEO Dr. Carole Swiecicki

Lowcountry Parent’s March 2018 issue features the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center and Executive Director and CEO Dr. Carole Swiecicki. In the feature, Dr. Swiecicki discusses the signs of child abuse and what to do if you suspect that a child is being abused. Dr. Swiecicki also discusses services offered at the center and how many victims do not report abuse.

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Macaroni Kid Charleston Highlights Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Initiatives to Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Macaroni Kid Charleston highlights the events and ways the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is working to educate the community on child abuse prevention.

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Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Expert Reminds Parents of Signs of Child Abuse After Recent Case

Following the arrest of a St. George man, WCBD News 2 spoke to Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Executive Director and CEO Dr. Carole Swiecicki about the signs of child abuse. Dr. Swiecicki discusses how parents should respond if a child discloses abuse and how to start the healing process.

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