Assault center gets national certification



A multi-county sexual assault and child advocacy center that serves Fayette and Coweta counties has received national accreditation through the National Children’s Alliance.

Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center (SCSAC-CAC) has received national accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance (NCA).

“As the accrediting body for child advocacy centers in the United States, NCA is at the forefront of national and international conversations on child sexual and physical abuse,” said SCSAC-CAC Director of Development Melissa Tinsley Cates. “NCA serves as the principal agent of change by leading the child advocacy center movement, engaging lawmakers, funders and other decision-makers in conversations about the current state of child sexual and physical assault.”

SCSAC-CAC is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with law enforcement, social service agencies, medical professionals, school personnel, court personnel and volunteers working to provide much-needed services to victims of sexual assault and child abuse, said Cates.

“Over the past 23 years, our agency has worked diligently with our community partners to provide specialized services in an effort ensure that all victims of sexual assault and child abuse received the services they deserve,” said Gayla Nobles, SCSAS-CAC Executive Director.

Services include a 24-hour crisis line, forensic medical examinations, evidence collection, victim advocacy, medical and legal accompaniment, child advocacy program, individual counseling, support groups, community and school prevention education programs, professional development workshops and a resource referral network.

SCSAC-CAC in 2016 provided victim services to 3,364 individuals. All services and programs are provided free of charge to victims, their non-offending family members and the communities served.

SCSAC-CAC currently operates offices in Clayton County, Henry County and has opened a new facility in Coweta County. Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center has a designated service area of: Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Spalding, Pike, Lamar, Upson, Butts and Coweta counties, however, services are never denied to anyone in need.

SCSAC-CAC also holds state accreditation through Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia.