In 2022, Montana Wilson, the Director of the Child Advocacy Center recognized a career milestone as a forensic interviewer by conducting her 1000th forensic interview at the CAC. We asked Montana to share her thoughts on this milestone and ways our community can come together to protect children from abuse and neglect.

How did it feel to recognize the milestone of your 1000th interview?

I was thankful to accomplish 1000 interviews! I am thankful for a great team, both at the CAC and with our community partners, and I am thankful that I have been able to use my skills and allow 1000+ children the chance to speak in a safe place.

What can our community do to help end child abuse?

Recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect and knowing the steps to report are crucial for anyone who knows, watches, works with, or has children. It’s important for the “grown-ups” in the room to advocate and stand up for children when there are suspicions or concerns. That’s why recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month is so important… reminding the community that while child abuse isn’t a myth, there are ways to protect the kids in your life. Kids only get ONE childhood, and it’s our mission to make all childhoods great ones through the spreading of knowledge and education.