Stephen Collins: Why did no one make a report?

By Tammi Pitzen, Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County This morning started as most any other morning. I got to the office early before anyone was here. I went up to my office. Checked email. Checked voice mail. Everything was going well until I checked Facebook. Circulating was a story on Stephen

What About False Reports of Child Sexual Assault?

By Tammi Pitzen, Executive Director of The Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County Recently I read a Letter to the Editor in a publication produced in Jackson County regarding false allegations of sexual assault and felt compelled to provide some clarification around some of the information that was written in the editor’s response. I am

Adrian Peterson: Child Abuse or Discipline?

By Tammi Pitzen, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County Adrian Peterson This week the big news was that Adrian Peterson, a member of the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with child abuse for spanking his child with a “switch” and leaving bruising.  The topic of debate has been: Is this abuse or

Bridges All Around Us

We are building bridges around here these days. As I drive to work each day, I seem to run into one area or another in the short distance between my house and the office where road work is happening. In some places they are repaving roads and in others they are changing lanes. Sometimes I’m

What about the throw away child?

By Tammi Pitzen, Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County Recently I spent time learning about child sex trafficking in the United States. Sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery. Estimates place the number of  domestic and international sex trafficking victims in the millions. Most of the victims of sex

Lessons I learned from my father

By Tammi Pitzen, CAC Executive Director Ask anyone who knows me well and they will tell you I am a Daddy’s Girl. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love my mom, but my dad has always been my hero. Some of my strongest personality traits are ones I inherited from my father.

Viewing child pornography: A victimless crime?

By Tammi Pitzen One of my recent blog posts focused on the idea that viewing child pornography is not a victimless crime. I decided to add a part two because further explanation seemed to be needed. I think we can all agree that taking pictures of children for sexual pleasure is against the law, even