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Old 02-20-2006   #1
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Child victims of sex crimes increasing

PELL CITY - Pamela Kelley gets children she's never met to tell their darkest secrets.

She works one-on-one in a bright room with a dollhouse, toys and a child-sized easel. The room looks like part of a home, but there's a television camera in the ceiling.

Most of the children she interviews are believed to be victims of sexual abuse. Prosecutors, law enforcement officers, therapists and social workers watch and listen via closed-circuit TV. The idea is to make a child feel safe and lessen the trauma of describing painful memories.

"They get to talk to me instead of some burly policeman with a gun," Kelley said.

Sexual crimes involving children have become familiar stories in St. Clair County.





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Re: Child victims of sex crimes increasing

heck no.
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Re: Child victims of sex crimes increasing

it may not be right in some aspects, but its right in the idea that it creates a safer environment so-to-speak... and it's right because of what they said, its better than some cop with a gun asking them question...
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Re: Child victims of sex crimes increasing

If it helps the kids, then it's cool with me.
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Re: Child victims of sex crimes increasing

If it makes the kid more comfortable I don't see anything wrong with it. Would you rather discuss some trauma in your past with some guy in a suit in a courtroom in front of a bunch of people, or talk about it with a nice lady or man who has toys?
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I agree...but it's the invasion of privacy element that bothers me.Being recorded without their knowing it.But hey, if it makes it easier for the children to open up about it, I'm all for it.
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Re: Child victims of sex crimes increasing

This questioning technique is hardly new; it's been used for at least 20 years in the US. And I'm all for it. A courtroom is an intimidating venue for a full-grown adult, even if one is INNOCENT- to a child it could be downright terrifying regardless of the situation.
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Re: Child victims of sex crimes increasing

Well I might object if it was say, a 14 year old who didn't want to be recorded, but I can guarantee that if a child's recording was used in court and the rapist was convicted, later in life the child would be VERY grateful that it was done the the way that it was.
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Plus, how many children have you ever heard that had a problem with being recorded?
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