The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center
and Special Investigations Unit
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The BCCAC/SIU is a non-profit community organization dedicated to a coordinated team approach by professionals pursuing the truth in sexual abuse/sexual assault investigations. By bringing together professionals from law enforcement, the States Attorney's Office, DCF, victim advocacy and the medical and mental health communities, our program provides a safe, child-friendly location for interviewing alleged victims of sexual abuse/sexual assaul
We have created a child-friendly space which is used to interview children who are victims of egregious physical abuse or sexual abuse as well as adults who may be sensitive witnesses or victims of sexual assault. This area is equipped with a DVD recording system. Making use of the BCCAC/SIU may potentially limit the times a sensitive child or adult witness may be interviewed. This also can limit the number of people present at the interview since the interview may be observed in-progress by other interested parties via a monitor in another area of the BCCAC/SIU.
The CAC staff guides the victim and their family on the journey from disclosure through disposition of the case. Referrals are made for various services and we ensure those services are in place. Often, the staff at the CAC is the only link between all the agencies involved these cases.