Working World Wide to Stop the Silence and Cycle of Abuse
The International Child Advocacy Network, Inc. (YesICAN) is a leading global provider of online information for those who have issues around child abuse. It is our mission to work worldwide to break the silence and cycle of abuse. WE believe that child abuse could cease to exist if everyone had the capability to receive accurate, up-to-date information about abuse and then had the capacity to receive assistance and support to change.
Our website, www.yesican.org, provides information, statistics, definitions of abuse, and articles written by professionals in the field. We also have a bulletin board where individuals who have questions regarding child abuse and domestic violence will be able to post them in an open form and receive responses from other members. The premier service of our organization is our facilitated chat groups. In these groups we offer an opportunity for abused children and adults to speak with others and to get council and support from trained facilitators. These facilitators have gone through a 40-hour training lead by a Licensed Therapist. To date, we have had over 44,000 participants in our chat rooms. We run specialized chat groups for teens, adult-survivors, victims of domestic violence, individuals who are in close relationship with abuse survivors and parents.
Our focus for now, is the development of an on-line parenting program. In this 6-8 week program, individuals will receive training in non-violent parenting. This training will include dynamics of both physical and emotional development, and appropriate discipline. In addition, each member of the program will have access to support groups where the topic of each weeks’ training session will be discussed. During this time specific issues and concerns that come up for each participant will be shared in a safe and supportive environment.
It is our hope that in the future, we will provide an international support forum, specifically targeting military personnel and their dependents that are based outside of the United States.