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Victim Advocate Camden County Missouri Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Offering victims of crime the assistance necessary to see them through the court process and recover

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What NOT to say to a child who disclosed s*xual abuse. The way you respond determines whether or not that child will continue the path of healing. When a child is met with victim shaming like this when they disclose the first time, they often will not look for help again because it’s proven unsafe.

Try saying something like this instead:
“Thank you for telling me”
“I believe you”
“This isn’t your fault”
“I can get you help”
“I know who we can talk to”

Those questions may pop in your mind because our natural response is that we don’t want to believe something so terrible could happen, but catch yourself before verbalizing them and give yourself time later on to process the disclosure.

Gloria Estefan says she was molested at music school at 9 10/02/2021

Gloria Estefan says she was molested at music school at 9

Gloria Estefan says she was molested at music school at 9 Estefan said the abuse started little by little before moving fast, and that she knew that she was in a dangerous situation after confronting him.

R. Kelly found guilty on all counts in s*x-trafficking trial 09/28/2021

R. Kelly found guilty on all counts in s*x-trafficking trial

R. Kelly found guilty on all counts in s*x-trafficking trial The singer, best known for the 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case.


We remember.

We remember.


Today is National Financial Awareness Day. Did you know that financial abuse is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship? Ruined credit scores, sporadic employment histories, and legal issues caused by the abuse make it extremely difficult for survivors to gain independence, safety, and long-term security. Learn more:


Borrowed from another page.

Borrowed from another page.

Van Schenkhof: To combat child s*x abuse, we first need to talk openly about it 07/28/2021

Van Schenkhof: To combat child s*x abuse, we first need to talk openly about it

Van Schenkhof: To combat child s*x abuse, we first need to talk openly about it There's a growing willingness among adults, including lawmakers, to discuss child s*x abuse. But the conversation needs to broaden.



Simone Biles came on the TV screen.

My husband commented to our girls - “She’s the world’s greatest gymnast”.

I added, “and she’s really brave”.

My 5yo looked at me and asked, “why?”

So I told her.

“Because the American gymnasts used to have a team doctor, who turned out to be a tricky person. He was touching the girls’ private parts. For the girls it was so scary to tell anyone. They didn’t know if anyone would believe them and they were scared they’d lose their spot on the team.

But Simone Biles was one of the girls who spoke up and said what had been happening, and now that tricky doctor is in jail”.

I could see she was still listening, so I added,
“And now, she’s got her own Gymnastics centre, where they make sure the kids are all safe, where their parents can easily watch over them, and they are spoken to kindly instead of being yelled at, which is what lots of coaches do, but it’s not ok”.

My daughter didn’t respond.

She got out of her chair, and watched every moment of Simone Biles’ routine.

⬆️ Teachable moments about body safety and children’s rights are everywhere.

Take them.

(Photo from the Team USA Instagram page, Getty Images).

** Editing to add: please know that this post was never intended as a history lesson. I’ve written word for word what I said to my 5yo - I did my best to simplify the story for her, and I represented that here.

Simone Biles was not the first athlete to speak out, she spoke out later - I don’t think this makes her less brave. People go through their own journeys and speak up in their own time. She has kept showing up. She has pressed for change. All of this is brave beyond measure.

If you haven’t heard the story, or want more information, please watch the documentary Athlete A. Or just Google it. You can find all the details just about everywhere.

The response to this post has been overwhelming.

I hope the key point was clear: Seize the moments to talk to your kids. Be open. There are age-appropriate ways to talk about everything. They are ready for more than you think.


Dearest Erin,

We cannot imagine a world without you. Yet, here we are. Hollow. Missing your voice, your laughter, your antics, your care.

You had a way of making each of us feel seen and understood; your empathy granted effortlessly. You poured yourself into others; seeing a need and meeting it. Your huge heart always reaching, giving, and pounding. It had to take a toll sometimes, feeling how we all felt so deeply. Most of us are capable of a fraction of what you gave, even though we truly do care too. We hope you felt our appreciation and care in return. We hope we filled your cup too.

Not only did you give care but you created such joy. Real joy that comes from authentic conversation, from deep laughter, from truly knowing each other. You were the bright spot of our days; ready with a hug or a scare. We have been laugh-crying with our memories, since we found out you were gone. There are so many, Erin. Thank goodness, we still have pieces of you.

You are truly one of a kind: full of love, gifted with such generosity, and a clear awareness of our humanity. At your core, you were fueled by grace and faith. This is what allowed you to truly shine brightly. You are irreplaceable. The gift of knowing you has been life altering for us. May we always seek to do good, to grant kindness, and to live life to the fullest.

Oh how deeply we will feel the absence of your presence. This missing you is just beginning for us. They say you have the family you are born into and you have the family you choose. You chose us, Erin. We could not be more grateful for your willingness and openness to do that, day after day And we chose you. We are family and always will be. We will miss you next to us. But you are forever a part of us; in our mission, in our passion, and in our care.

Erin, you are the heart of us.

We love you so and miss you more,
Your Kids’ Harbor Family



Instead of asking a child if anyone has hurt them, ask if anything made them uncomfortable. Children may not have been physically hurt, but someone could still be touching them or doing other things that make them uncomfortable.

Things like...
-showing them inappropriate pictures or videos
-asking for pictures or videos
-touching them in a way that makes them uncomfortable
-talking in a way that makes them uncomfortable
-pushing boundaries
-giving unwanted attention



Borrowed. Couldn’t resist. 😏

Borrowed. Couldn’t resist. 😏


Trauma can affect people differently, especially when it goes untreated. It may not look like what you think.

Untold Stories: The Resilience of Survivors Living with HIV - NNEDV 05/25/2021

Untold Stories: The Resilience of Survivors Living with HIV - NNEDV

Untold Stories: The Resilience of Survivors Living with HIV - NNEDV For many survivors of domestic violence, especially those living with HIV, processing complex traumas is already the work of a lifetime.

Photos from Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club's post 03/01/2021

Thank you so much!


March is #WomensHistoryMonth. While the majority of domestic violence victims and survivors are women, it's important to remember that women of color, disabled women, immigrant women, trans women, and other women holding marginalized identities experience vastly different barriers to accessing the resources and safety they deserve. 💜

Love Bombing: 10 Signs to Know 02/26/2021

Love Bombing: 10 Signs to Know

I learned a new term yesterday...Love Bombing. I've always known what it is, just never heard it given that title before.

Love Bombing: 10 Signs to Know Love bombing is a technique that some people use to manipulate a romantic partner. Learn how to recognize some of the telltale signs.

Photos from Missouri Department of Corrections's post 02/18/2021



⚠️ Please do not travel! ⚠️ EXTREME cold, more snow, and high winds are making for hazardous travel conditions.


Thank you Lake of the Ozarks Human Trafficking for sharing this valuable information!


Weather Alert: currently roads are slick and covered. Weather service says snow should continue for a few more hours before ending. Please stay home if you do not have to be out until the road crews are able to get out and address the roads. Be safe!


As snow moves across the state, roadways are becoming snow and/or ice covered. PLEASE AVOID TRAVELING IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. If you must travel, check the Traveler Info Map ( Use extreme caution, go slow, and drive for the conditions. As always Buckle Up.


It’s Wish List Wednesday!
Could you provide any of these needed items?
We truly appreciate your support.




Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Did you know that abusive partners and traffickers use similar behaviors to exert power and control? By acknowledging this intersection, we can ensure survivors are recognized and connected to the resources they need. Learn more: #WearBlueDay


Today is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay.
‼️ Yes, it's happening in Missouri ‼️
Suspect Human Trafficking? 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP 233733




Thank you. 💙


Missouri State Highway Patrol

➡️ If your plans tonight include alcohol - designate a SOBER driver!
➡️ Stay #WeatherAware - check your local weather for most accurate information and visit the before traveling.


Lamb House

As of 2/1/21 we have about a pallet of the three flavors from the new pallets. No limit as long as your family can use it before the end of the month.

Free Baby food. Dated February of next year and we need to distribute it so it will get used up. Anyone can have what they can use all they need to do is just tell us please.


Kids' Harbor, Inc.



If a survivor tells you their story, here are examples of supportive things you can say:




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Camdenton, MO

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Camdenton Fire Rescue Camdenton Fire Rescue
184 North Business Route 5
Camdenton, 65020

The Camdenton Fire Department is an ISO class 4 department which provides fire, EMS and rescue services to the residents and visitors of the City of Camdenton and the Camdenton Airport.

Camden County Mo Emergency Management Agency Camden County Mo Emergency Management Agency
12 VFW Rd
Camdenton, 65020

The function of emergency management is to provide coordination and support to response agencies and local jurisdictions in a disaster or large scale event

Camden County Library District Camden County Library District
89 Rodeo Rd
Camdenton, 65020

Camden County Library District welcomes you to your information center of the Lake and surrounding area with six locations to serve you. Camdenton, Climax Springs, Macks Creek, Osage Beach, Stoutland and Sunrise Beach.

Camdenton License Office Camdenton License Office
108 Cecil St
Camdenton, 65020

Operated by Belle Hart Schmidt, LLC under contract with the State of Missouri. This office is not op