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Concord Monitor May 7, 2022
“We know that it can take a lot for a child victim to come forward and to really recognize and understand their trauma,” said Pamela Keilig, public policy specialist at the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “That’s why it’s really important that they are aware that there are services available to them, even if it’s something that happened 50 years ago or 20 years ago, because trauma can have such lifelong impacts on victims.”
From 2020 to 2021, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence served 1,155 child and adolescent victims of sexual assault.
Joi Smith, program director at the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said today’s interviews are transparent and trauma-informed.
“They show the kids where the camera is and they go with the child’s pace, they build rapport with the child, they don’t pressure children at all to try to get the child to disclose anything that they don’t feel comfortable doing so,” Smith said.
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