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LifeHouse Link - Fall 2016

posted Nov 1, 2016, 11:46 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman

Find out what's happening at LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center.

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The CSI Effect...
In the field of child sexual abuse, we constantly battle many societal myths and stereotypes. Our job at LifeHouse is not only to be there for the child who is in crisis, but also to help educate the public to understand what happens when a child is abused, and that your favorite police crime TV show is not reality.

We hear: "Well the offender was most likely abused when he was young, so he probably couldn't help it." 
Did you know? Research shows us that it could be as low at 25-30% of child sex offenders who were actually abused themselves as children. If they had been abused as a child or not, it is never okay to abuse a child.
We hear: "She didn't tell on him right away, she must have liked it."
Did you know? It is very normal for a child who is being abused to not tell anyone right away.  The myriad of emotions for a child or teen who is experiencing abuse can be overwhelming. The perpetrator has usually already been grooming that child to lessen the chance of her disclosing, though coercion, blame or manipulation.
We hear: She doesn't have any injuries, genital trauma, fluids from the perpetrator, etc. so she must be lying.
Did you know? Child sex offenders want to continue the sexual abuse of the child, therefore they are far more likely to not injure the child. As sex offenders groom their victims, they are convincing the child that the abuse is okay, normal, feels good, and they confuse their victims by connecting the abuse to "attention," "love," "affection," or "being grown up." For children from broken homes or stressed out families, those things may be missing in their lives. Child sex offenders abuse in secret, making sure not to leave injuries or fluids for which the child may seek help.

You can help keep kids safe and LifeHouse can help you!


A record amount of money was raised for LifeHouse at the 4th Annual Dueling Pianos event on Saturday, September 24th!  Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored, volunteered and supported this event, LifeHouse is able to continue much needed programs for children in crisis in our community.
We weathered a downpour that night, but we were thrilled to see so many people dancing and enjoying themselves as we raised funds and awareness about a serious problem facing kids today!  Special thanks to our Grand Piano Sponsor, the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and to our emcee for the night, Brooke Lennington.

We were also excited to unveil our new LifeHouse video to kick off the evening.  Thanks to MotoVike Films, Det. Palmberg, Det. McLaughlin, Kyle, Jacob, and Daisy for helping us put it together.   You can see it for yourself here.

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Come learn about sex offenders and learn new ways to identify how they manipulate families and communities. Nationally 300,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported every year, with fewer than 5% of child victims ever telling anyone.  Few offenders are ever caught because they work extremely hard to   rehearse their defense as well as silence and seduce their victims. You can help prevent child abuse!




It pays off to support LifeHouse! For 21 years, the Sertoma Clubs of Topeka have organized the Great Topeka Duck Race. Ducks are adopted and then dropped into Lake Shawnee for the race. The funds raised go to many great organizations all across our area, including LifeHouse, and the folks who adopted the ducks can win lots of great prizes. This year, we are excited to announce that a LifeHouse duck adopted by longtime volunteer Pat Shehi won a 1983 Ford Mustang convertible!  Congratulations Pat!

Thank you to everyone who adopted ducks to support Sertoma and LifeHouse.  We truly appreciate all of your support!


Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 14
Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters
Free workshop at the Topeka Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm





LifeHouse Staff: 

Kelly Durkin
Executive Director 

Jill Shehi Chapman 
Program Director/ 
Forensic Interviewer 

Lane McNeil
Family Advocate

Board of Directors: 

Jim Garrison President
Barb Nemec Dominguez President Elect
Kevin Kongs Treasurer
Michael Bush Secretary 
Lisa Fulbright Immediate Past President

Members at Large:
Gail Alderson
Lou Allen
Tanya Arévalo Bingham
Julie Clanton 
Tamera Crider
Evan Fisher 
Steve Johnson
Janet Rinehart
Ed Serrano

Have you signed up your Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card?  At no extra cost to you, your purchases will benefit LifeHouse! Last year, LifeHouse received $1029.69 all thanks to YOU! (If you signed up in 2015, you will still need to sign up again for 2016.) It’s so easy!

1. Go to

2. Sign In OR Create an Account

3. Fill out the boxes and click on “ENROLL NOW”
4. Search for "LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center" or search 13830 (LifeHouse’s assigned number) and click “ENROLL”

5. At the bottom of the receipt, you will see “At your request, Dillons is donating to LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center”!

Tell your friends, family and co-workers about the Dillons Community Rewards Program! Thank you very much for your support.





Incorporated November 5th, 1999; 501(c)(3)

Our mailing address is:
LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center
303 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 2
Topeka, KS  66603

785-232-5433  (phone)
785-232-5434  (fax)

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