Thursday, April 22, 2004

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Attorney General Greg Abbott, Alamo Children's Advocacy Center Unveil Tool For Parents Of Sexually Abused Children

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today joined the Alamo Children’s Advocacy Center in San Antonio to unveil a new tool for parents whose children have been sexually abused. An 11-minute video, titled “The Healing Begins With You,” guides parents and caregivers toward healing after child sexual abuse. The video will be made available to churches, day care facilities, hospitals, pediatricians and investigative agencies throughout San Antonio.

“Protecting Texas children from sexual predators takes teamwork,” Attorney General Abbott said. “This video gives parents critical information they need if their child is sexually abused. I am proud to help the Alamo Children’s Advocacy Center, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, and other partners in this fight to protect children.”

Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units are responsible for the arrests of 111 people in connection with child sex crimes. During the 2003 legislative session, Attorney General Abbott helped protect $30 million that ultimately went to hundreds of victims’ programs across Texas, including 58 children’s advocacy centers such as the Alamo Children’s Advocacy Center.

Krystal Martinez received help from the Center after discovering her 6-year-old daughter was sexually abused. The Center provided her daughter with medical and psychological services, as well as toys for Christmas gifts. Said Martinez: “They supported us throughout everything. It’s been almost a year, and they’re still there for us.”

The Alamo Children’s Advocacy Center is a specially equipped facility where protective agencies provide evidence gathering, forensic medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of abuse cases. The collaboration and convenience prevents the child from having to re-live the trauma of his or her experience by repeating the same story to several different agencies. Among the participating entities are the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Child Protective Services, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, the San Antonio Police Department, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.