KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 1/22/12, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Kathy Rau, Executive Director, and Jean Gage, Board Chair, Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center.  The Center is a safe and child-sensitive place where victims of abuse undergo the initial steps of an investigation and begin to heal. 

 Rau says over 900 children from throughout southern Arizona come through the Center each year.  She says 325 victims receive medical treatment through the Center.  She says the children have suffered sexual abuse, physical assault and extreme neglect.   She says children under the age of 18 come to the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center when there is reason to believe that they have been physically or sexually abused. She saiys they come to the Center only after a report of the abuse has been made to law enforcement and Child Protective Services.

 Rau says at the Center children tell a specially trained interviewer what happened to them. She says the Forensic Interviewers work with law enforcement agencies, child protective services, and county attorneys to ensure that quality forensic evidence is collected in a manner that protects the child victims from further trauma. She says the child only has to tell the story once instead of multiple times to each agency involved.