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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Since December 1999 I have had the pleasure of working in an Accredited Child Advocacy Center as a Social Worker and Forensic Interviewer; however, in 2009 I was given the honor to become a team member at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC). At the BCAC I have been able to improve upon my skills and enhance my development as a Victim's Advocate for sexual abuse and sexual assault victims by providing forensic interviews to our clients. The forensic interview is conducted in a manner that is developmentally appropriate, sensitive to the needs of the child or intellectualy disabled adult and neutral in tone. We provide forensic interviews at the BCAC to assist in both the civil and criminal investigations of sexual abuse and sexual assault victims. We are partnered with several different disciplines in Baltimore City such as Department of Social Services, Law Enforcement and State's Attorney's Office. We provide an atmosphere that services the needs of sexual abuse and assault victims as well as their families. I have been able to increase my knowledge regarding the most effective manner and vital importance in conducting clear and credible forensic interviews through ongoing training and development at the BCAC. This has enhanced how our agency has been able to effectively serve the Baltimore City community who have experienced some unfortunate element of sexual trauma.

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how effectively all team members work together. This is a supportive environment that is focused on steady expansion of services that will continue to enhance the healing of victims of sexual trauma. Presently we are seeking to develop new partnerships with other agencies so that we can fully serve the Baltimore City community that has been victimized through several different sexual acts such as the commercial sexual exploitation of children through prostitution and trafficking.

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assist in continuing to keep our organization known to the public so that additional funding resources could be identified. We are an organization that readily provides a comprehensive service to the community, yet we are unfortunately underfunded to accomplish what is required.

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