Specialized program that helps children turns 25

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The Pediatric Resource Center (PRC) will celebrate 25 years of service 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday at the PRC Clinic located at 320 E Armstrong Ave. in Peoria. The PRC specializes in helping young victims of physical and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. 

The PRC is a service provider for the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.

Illinois Representative Mike Unes will read a congratulatory proclamation from the 100th General Assembly. Unes authored recent legislation requiring hospitals across the state by 2023, to have a pediatric-trained medical provider available to victims of child sexual assault and allows pediatric specialty centers like the PRC to provide care for these children. That bill, HB5245, is currently awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.

The legislation makes substantial changes to strengthen the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act by recognizing the differences between adult and child survivors and the expertise required to care for child survivors.

“This provides assurances that children, our most vulnerable population, can be seen by the most qualified professional,” says Unes.

Dr. Kay Saving, who provided the original vision for the PRC, will also speak. 

The Pediatric Resource Center provides specialized, child-friendly medical exams and case management services to child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. In the last 5 years, the PRC evaluated over 2,300 central Illinois children for child abuse and neglect. 

For more information, contact Director of Strategic Communications at the University of Illinois College of Medicine David Haney at (309) 671-8404 or at dhaney@uic.edu

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