Lancaster County's C.A.S.E. Provides Multiple Resources in Protecting Children Against Abuse and Sexual Exploitation

Lancaster County’s C.A.S.E., or Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation, has a mission to engage the Lancaster County community in protecting our children against sexual exploitation and abuse and to empower all people to speak out against offenders.

The goal is to raise awareness and increase education in our county about these issues. Lancaster County has a task force that provides tools and resources to communities, families, and children in order to minimize the risks and encourage preventive behaviors in the community.

On the local level, C.A.S.E. members include YWCA LancasterSpanish American Civic AssociationSafe CommunitiesLancaster County District Attorney’s OfficeLancaster County Chiefs of PoliceLancaster County Children & Youth AgencyLancaster County Juvenile ProbationOffice of State Senator Scott MartinPenn State College of Nursing and Zoe International.

Resources provided on the local level include:

  • Presentations for schools, churches and any interested organization involving brief overview of the laws that cover cyber-related crimes, specifically regarding image sharing and what are commonly known as sexting or sextortion.
  • Free copies of the book No Secrets Between Us which is designed to education youth (preschool through 3rd grade) on inappropriate touch and to tell an adult if it occurs.
  • Camera covers

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Members and informational resources on the state level include PA Childline and PA Megan’s Law. National members and informational resources include NetSmartz, an online safety educational tool developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the NCMEC Cyber Tipline, and Common Sense Media, which is an online guide to the various media children are exposed to that will aid parents/teachers/etc. in determining safety and appropriateness.

Reporting Child Abuse: Call Childline — 800-932-0313. Available 24 hours a day to receive reports of suspected child abuse.

For more information or to be further helped in connecting with resources, contact the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office at CASE@co.lancaster.pa.us and 717-299-8100 or Sandra Valdez at CASE@co.lancaster.pa.us and 717-399-4295.

For Child Protective Services 2021 annual report on child abuse and sexual exploitation statistics, click here.