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Letter: Child abuse cases handled better

Katie Beers speaks during the EAC's

Katie Beers speaks during the EAC's "Light of Hope" luncheon where she answered questions about her kidnapping 20 years ago. (April 10, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

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.

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.