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Community members are invited to the open house hosted by the EAC on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East End Child Advocacy Center at 940 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead.

EAC’s child advocacy centers aim to provide support to children who have experienced sexual abuse or assault.

The centers provide a child and adolescent-friendly space and coordinate the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. They work collaboratively on cases with other local professionals from child protective services, victim advocacy services, law enforcement, prosecution and physical and mental health care providers.

“EAC is actively involved in safeguarding the youth,” said President and CEO of EAC Network Neela Mukherjee Lockel. “EAC’s CAC work in partnership with the Suffolk County Multidisciplinary team which consists of representative from Suffolk County Department of Social Services, Suffolk County District attorney, Suffolk County Attorney, Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene, CAC Medical Director, CAC Family Advocates and CAC Director.”

The open house will also celebrate the third anniversary of the center. Participants are asked to bring a pair of new shoes of any size to donate to the Summer Shoe Drive as well as any donations of snacks, water and juices.

“The EECAC has grown tremendously since its initial opening, yet we recognize there is always more work to do,” said EAC’s CAC Community Educator Keryn Lemp. “Our Open House in August not only commemorates the three-year anniversary of achieving our goal of geographically reaching the east end communities but provides us with a chance to invite the surrounding east end agencies and organizations to meet our staff, see our center, connect with us on your services, and learn how we can be a resource through preventive education to the east end.”

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