Child Advocacy Center marks 25 years

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center marked 25 years of being the voice of sexually abused children on Tuesday.

The center started as a task force in 1989 and was a group of Child Protective Services workers, law enforcement, therapists and victim advocates.

It became the mission of the center to make sure sex abuse crimes got prosecuted, but it wasn't always the most coveted job.

"When we first started this, the people who were assigned to the Child Advocacy Center -- it wasn't the best assignment," said former District Attorney Michael Arcuri. "By the time it was up and running, it was the assignment of choice for police officers."

Everyone who works at the Child Advocacy Center now or has worked at the center over the years was recognized Tuesday.

Barbara Putnam, who is a survivor of child abuse, was honored with the Strength and Courage Award.

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