The 2021 Fall edition of the SCAN Newsletter has arrived! The pandemic challenged us when our methods were limited, but these challenging times have brought us new and innovative solutions. Please join us on this journey to prevent child abuse and change the very communities we live in.
Leah Fraley is executive director of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, a regionwide organization focused solely on preventing child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia. In the past few weeks, and for the past four years, Americans have watched the Larry Nassar-USA Gymnastics case unfold in the headlines. Hundreds of victims have accused […]
Fairfax Times: NOVA nonprofit combats institutional abuse in the wake of FBI failure in Larry Nassar case
Dear Editor, The failures of both USA Gymnastics and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to appropriately address the sexual offenses of Larry Nassar enabled his crimes. This is institutional abuse, and it is not a new story. Organizations routinely side with employees and people in positions of power over the allegations of children, prioritizing […]
VIRGINIA (FOX 5 DC) – A Northern Virginia child abuse prevention nonprofit reported a startling trend – an increase in the severity of cases. “We can do better for families, we can do better for children,” SCAN of Northern Virginia Executive Director Leah Fraley said Thursday, adding that while SCAN’s caseload has remained consistently high during the […]
Dear Alexandria City Council, SCAN of Northern Virginia stands with dozens of other community organizations in support of the Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) Pilot you can fund on July 6th. We have seen firsthand how the pandemic has rocked Alexandria’s families. GBI would bring a just moral recovery in the wake of the public health […]
I once had a teacher who answered every question with the same flippant and irritated tone. By the second week of class we knew not to ask questions – our job was to sit and listen. That’s how you got by in Dr. B’s class. That was the established norm. This lesson impacted me all through school. I learned to test the waters before I spoke. Fast forward way too many years later and […]