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"Child abuse and sexual violence is not something we like to think about but it's something that is a reality for many of our children," said Shauw Chinn Capps, director of Hope Haven of the Lowcountry.

Capps would know that better than most people. She's the director of Hope Haven crisis and abuse advocacy center in Beaufort, the agency that all child abuse cases go through in our area.

"We work very closely with law enforcement and DSS when it comes to the coordination of, investigation, protection, prosecution, and ultimately treatment of all child abuse cases."

The agency serves as a one stop shop for law enforcement to gather evidence while keeping victims in a safe and warm environment.

"They are able to get the interview here, the medical exam,and then the mental health treatment which is the long term care of the child."

Last year alone, therapists saw more than 500 victims. In Fact, so many folks have sought treatment at Hope Haven, the agency had to move into a bigger facility. The new building was unveiled this week.

"Essentially we've grown in terms of staff, and the reason for the increase in staff is that the demand for our services increases every year," said Capps.

But officials are optimistic that the increase is from community awareness.

"I think the problem of child abuse and sexual violence has always been here, but I think that more and more people are realizing that there are services out there and they don't have to walk this journey alone without support, and that is what Hope Haven is here for."

And they hope that will be the case for years to come.

If you would like assistance from the folks over at Hope Haven you can call (843) 524-2256, visit them in-person at 1212 Charles Street, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902 or visit their website at


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