Ferreting out child sex abuse a complex task
It’s weird to think we need such a “special room” in Keene, but thank God it’s there. Maybe it will snare more of the many cruel, sick, wily, duplicitous and manipulative creeps out there.
What’s the “special room?”
Ethan DeWitt of The Sentinel wrote about it this past week. It’s a room where children who may have been abused can tell their stories to a specially trained interviewer while a camera rolls and experts in a nearby room watch, listen, evaluate, pick up on body language and even offer instantaneous feedback to the interviewer, who’s wearing an earpiece.
It’s called the Monadnock Region Child Advocacy Center in Keene, and it’s been doing this for eight years. The point of DeWitt’s story was a new statewide program called “Know and Tell,” which has two purposes — tell residents about how common child abuse is, and point out it is every citizen’s legal duty to report suspected cases. Child abusers, like roaches, require darkness and “Know and Tell” is a light switch. If you see smoke, it may be a fire.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.