When a young innocent child is the victim of a sexual crime, it takes great courage to tell someone about the painful ordeal. In the past, the forensic process often resulted in the young victim having to recount the horrific incident to countless investigators and child welfare workers, causing them even more trauma.
The victims and their families were often sent from one agency to another, from the police department to the hospital to children’s social services to the therapist’s office.
Young victims in Delaware County are now served in one safe place, the Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center (DCCAC). The center is a neutral, child-friendly setting where the team of law enforcement officers and social service professionals can coordinate their response to child-sex-abuse cases.