Previously children who were abused had to be taken to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh where a state police trooper who was a trained forensic interviewer would interview them. Now Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Ed Thomas and Trooper Joseph Drzal in Somerset have had the specialized training. “It shortens the time and the travel distance for the child victims,” Thomas said. Sgt. James Shaw said that at times the child’s parent is the person who committed the abuse. “The investigators try to make it less traumatic for the child,” Shaw said. Earlier this year the district attorney’s office adopted a standard child abuse investigation protocol as the result of a collaborative approach involving Somerset County Children and Youth Services, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Somerset County Police Chiefs Association and the district attorney’s office.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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