Safe Shores: A Pathway to Hope and Healing Since 1995
In January 1995, the future became brighter for children and families affected by abuse in DC. Believing that DC could do much better in responding to and protecting children, three very smart and determined women – Patricia A. Riley, Esq., Lavdena Orr, M.D. and the Hon. Administrative Judge Arlene Robinson (deceased) – found their paths crossing far too often at child death reviews, They moved from frustration to action. As a result of their leadership, the children’s advocacy center (CAC) model was adopted in the Nation’s Capital.
In 1995, Safe Shores was officially established as an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving child victims of sexual abuse and their families. In 2002, the DC Council formally recognized the CAC and mandated a multi-agency response for cases involving child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center provides intervention and a pathway to hope and healing to children and families affected by abuse and other violence in the District of Columbia. Safe Shores also works to prevent abuse through education and training.
As the only children’s advocacy center in DC, Safe Shores serves as the hub of a multidisciplinary team united in a mission to provide comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate services to children and families.
Donna Lewis Johnson
W (202) 645-4422
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November 2011 – December 2016
- Community News, Praise 104.1 FM. Michele Booth Cole and Safe Shores supporter, Mo Betta, talk with Denise Hill about #SantaCause, Dec. 3 and 4, 2016
- New Safe Shores board members Lynn English, Rae Robinson Trotman and Henry Cashen announced in Washington Business Journal, Nov. 17, 2017
- What’s next after the election? Washington’s top business leaders share their thoughts. Michele Booth Cole comments, Washington Business Journal, November 9, 2016.
- Fox5 Morning News re sexual abuse allegation against PGCPS bus aide, Sept. 29, 2016
- Women Who Mean Business, Washington Business Journal, Sept. 12, 2016
- What You Can Do to Help in Child Abuse by Michele Booth Cole posted on Medium.com, Apr. 12, 2016
- Safe Shores Therapist Laura Davie interviewed by WUSA*9 on how therapy helps child victims tell their story in court, Feb. 25, 2016
- Prince George’s schools launch task force to review policies after child porn case in Glenarden. Michele Booth Cole listed as member of the PG County Public Schools Safety Task force in this Washington Post article, Feb. 22, 2016
- Michele Booth Cole gave live, in-studio interview to Fox5 morning show on child abuse prevention vis-à-vis the Deonte Carraway case, Feb. 11, 2016
- WUSA*9 interviewed Michele Booth Cole re Deonte Carraway case, Feb. 10, 2016
- Protecting our children from child sexual predators. Michele interviewed on WHUR’s Daily Drum, Feb. 8, 2016
- People give for the holidays until it hurts — but then comes January. Michele Booth Cole quoted in this commentary by Washington Post columnist Lonnae O’Neal, Jan. 14, 2016
- NBC4 Washington and WJLA filmed visit to Safe Shores by cross-country cyclist/survivor David Higgins, Aug. 12, 2015
- The Learning Channel interviewed Michele re the Josh Duggar child sexual abuse case, aired Aug. 4, 2015
- W*USA 9 Pack-to-School post, Jul. 30, 2015
- Michele Booth Cole guest on CNN’s Brooke Baldwin show re Duggar case, Jun. 4, 2015.
- Review Of Relisha Rudd’s Disappearance Raises Questions On Training, Reporting, Michele Booth Cole quoted, WAMU-FM, Sept. 9. 2014
- NBC4 Washington Changing Minds series features Safe Shores, Aug. 15, 2014.
- Michele Booth Cole guest on Ending child abuse with the National Children’s Alliance and Safe Shores, the focus of WJLA/News Channel 8’s midday news show, Jun. 3, 2014.
- WUSA9’s Stopping the Hands that Hurt (Part 1) and Part 2 series on Safe Shores airs May 6 and 7, 2014. Wins Emmy for reporter Lesli Foster, June 2015.
- An 11-year-old reported being raped twice, wound up with a conviction, Safe Shores Clinical Director Cindy Bridgman quoted in this news story, The Washington Post Magazine, May 12, 2015
- Michele Booth Cole guest on WHUR Voices’ Sighlent Storm, Apr. 5, 2014.
- The Relisha Rudd Case Isn’t New. What Are The Issues? What Can We Do About Them?. Michele Booth Cole and board member Tyish Hall Brown guests on this segment of WHUR’s The Daily Drum, Apr. 1, 2014
- Washington Post Editorial Board Meeting, Michele Booth Cole, Rose Gordy and Donna Lewis Johnson, March 2014
- Confronting Child Abuse, Cherishing Childhood, the first in WHUT’s series Vocal Point. The one-hour special featured Michele Booth Cole, Howard Univ. professor and Safe Shores board member Tyish Hall Brown, PhD, survivor Al Chesley (retired NFL player), and National District Attorney’s Association Fellow Roger A. Canaff, April 2013
- Tourist in Nicaragua recognized ex-Beauvoir teacher on FBI list, The Washington Post, Michele Booth Cole quoted in this article, Apr. 23, 2013.
- Sandusky Case: Safer Environments Still Needed for Our Children, The Washington Informer, opinion by Michele Booth Cole, Oct. 9, 2012
- “On Parenting” blog, Metro Section, The Washington Post, Jul.12, 2012
- WTOP-FM, Jul. 12, 2012
- Sighlent Storm, HUR SiriusXM Radio, Jun. 30, 2012
- On Parenting, The Washington Post , Jun. 21, 2012
- Voice of America, Jun. 20, 2012
- In Session, truTV, Jun. 15, 2012
- Sandusky, Horace Mann, Manassas & sexual abuse: Has the culture changed enough?, The Washington Post, Michele Booth Cole quoted in this article, Jun. 12, 2012
- NBC4 Washington, Jun. 5, 2012
- Metro, The Washington Post, May 16, 2012
- Confronting Child Sexual Abuse, The Washington Informer, opinion by Michele Booth Cole, May 11, 2012
- A birthday party nightmare: Balancing safety and freedom, The Washington Post, On Parenting, Michele Booth Cole quoted, May 7, 2012
- A sleepover nightmare: How can we keep our children safe?, The Washington Post, Close to Home opinion section, op-ed by Michele Booth Cole, May 4, 2012
- C. Child Advocacy Group Offers Abuse Prevention Tips, Michele Booth Cole interviewed, WAMU-FM, May 3, 2012
- Ending Child Abuse & Neglect in DC, Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU-FM, Apr. 30, 2012
- WAMU-FM, Apr. 30, 2012
- Takin’ It To the Streets, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Michele Booth Cole interviewed, WHUR-FM, Mar. 29, 2012
- Visionary Leader Extraordinary Life, VoiceAmerica Business Internet Radio, Jan. 9, 2012
- “DC teen forgoes holiday presents, asks family to donate gifts to abused children,” Fox 5 news, Michele Booth Cole interviewed for this story about a young Safe Shores donor, Dec. 18, 2012
- Adults, You Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, The Washington Informer, opinion by Michele Booth Cole, Dec. 15, 2011
- Commentary: Protecting Children Is An Adult’s Job, WAMU-FM, commentary by Michele Booth Cole, Dec. 12, 2011
- Nooga.com, Dec. 6, 2011
- Child sexual abuse: Four steps America must take, The Washington Post, Close to Home opinion section, op-ed by Michele Booth Cole, Nov. 28. 2011