I was privileged to be in the audience when Katie Beers spoke at the "Light of Hope" luncheon ["Katie Beers praises Suffolk agency," News, April 11]. I appreciate her acknowledgment of the importance of child advocacy centers that address the needs of sexually abused children.

The now well-known horrific trauma of her being sexually abused and kept in an underground dungeon in Bay Shore, was in hindsight compounded by the way investigations, although well-intentioned, were handled in those days.

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The child advocacy centers movement has changed that landscape. The approach is designed to give children a feeling of security, warmth and protection while they meet with the investigators before trial and receive services from advocates, therapists and group workers.

I feel it is important to acknowledge how far Long Island has come to better address the investigative process for children.

Cynthia Scott, Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of the Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect at The Safe Center LI.