A woman talks about being abused as a child

JERRY CARINO, @NJHOOPSHAVEN | April 14, 2015 | 10:05 a.m. EDT

Gannett Article |April 14, 2015For nine years, Sylvia Peterson sought answers to weighty questions about child abuse and society.

She sought them to help herself — a survivor of abuse — and others.

She found them the hard way.

Her 2014 book, “Laura and Me,” chronicles her visits with Laura McCollum, one of only a handful of women in the country considered to be a violent serial sexual predator.

“I was molested when I was 7 years old by my grandfather, and I was hoping I could take her apart brick by brick and understand why people do that to children,” Peterson, who lives in Washington state, said via phone last week. “Until I understood, I was dead set against any sort of forgiveness for him and for my parents, who should have protected me.”

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Peterson is unusually qualified to address this cultural plague. A nurse for 35 years, she is now a chaplain and an advocate for people who have been sexually abused as children.

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Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center To Benefit From Event

By Lou Russo | September 19, 2014 | 10:05 a.m. EDT

The Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center in Freehold is a safe place for kids who have suffered abuse.

The Advocacy Center is a place that is close to our hearts. For several years we held radiothons on the morning show to help raise the initial funds necessary to build this critical facility.

Now the Friends of the MCCAC nearly has enough funds to complete the important Phase Two of the project, which will include more facilities necessary for the children and their families.

One way you can help is to visit the Tag Sale at the Gloria Nilson Realty office at 351 Route 9 in Manalapan, tomorrow (Sat., Sept 20th) 9:00am to 3:00pm. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Friends of MCCAC.

Get all the details on how you can help by visiting the Friends of the MCCAC website.

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Casino Night to Benefit the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center

By Rebecca Pollak | October 15, 2013


The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center will be hosting a Casino Night to raise funds to benefit the completion of Phase II of the Children’s Advocacy Center, including a medical wing. The Casino Night will be held on October 18, 2013 from 7-11pm at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, 6 Industrial Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724. The evening includes 2 hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet dinner. Ticket prices are $125 per person. A limited number of tickets will be sold. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. To purchase tickets, please visit www.friendsofmccac.org.

The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC) is a volunteer driven 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to raise funds to complete construction of the child friendly facility by continuing to develop community awareness and to support a coordinated response to child abuse.
For more information, visit www.friendsofmccac.org or contact Rebecca Pollak at fmccac.development@gmail.com

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Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center helps streamline child abuse investigations

By Ashley Peskoe | March 26, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Two siblings, an 8-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, started acting out in school. Teachers talked to them to see what was causing their behavior. Then a school counselor, members of the administrative staff and a school nurse each questioned the children to get to the bottom of the situation.

They discovered the girl was sexually abused by an adult and then sexually abused her brother.

Next came the cold, sterile hospital room where a doctor asked the children’s story again before giving them a physical exam. Then there was a trip to the police station where they had to recount their experience yet again.

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12th District Legislators Congratulate MCCAC on Its Grand Opening


Senator Jennifer Beck

The 12th District Legislators would like to congratulate the Monmouth County Children’s Advocacy Center on its Grand Opening today.

“This organization will provide valuable assistance to Monmouth County,” said Senator Jennifer Beck, “and I would like to welcome them to the community.”

Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center, Inc., . is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 2003 to raise the funds to build a child advocacy center in Monmouth County. The child advocacy center will serve as a safe, child-friendly facility for the victims of child abuse, neglect, and assault and their caregivers.

“Monmouth County has been blessed by so many wonderful charitable organizations,” said Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, “and it is terrific to be able to add one more that is sure to do such good works for our community.”

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Phase 1 of the MCCAC took place today at 10 a.m. at the site on Kozloski Road in Freehold Township.

“I congratulate the MCCAC on a successful opening,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, “and I wish it continued success as it serves those unfortunate members of our region who are victims of abuse and neglect.”

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