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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether we have the answer you’re looking for or not, we are always here to help however we can. Below are some of commonly asked questions.



Is my relationship abusive?

Parents do not sit with their child during the interview. Although it is often difficult for children to talk about what has happened, most children are comfortable in separating from their parents and talking with the Forensic Interviewer.


What is sexual assault?

Parents are not permitted to sit with the Team during an interview. Because this is an investigation, the Team members need to carefully observe, assess, and document the interview and would be unavailable to respond to your concerns or questions during that time. You will be able to meet with the Team after the interview to hear about what happened and to ask any questions.


Sexual assault can be a range of experiences identified by the person who experienced it. It occurs when a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. Sexual assault is a term that includes a wide range of victimizations which may or may not involve force or be illegal. 

Sexual assault affects people from a wide variety of backgrounds– age, race, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexuality. Perpetrators use sexual assault to control.

Typically, sexual assault is not about sex, but about manipulation, exploitation, humiliation and exerting power over another person. 

Sexual violence deeply affects many areas of our lives: health, spirituality, emotions, sexuality, and relationships. These are areas of hurt and areas where we offer healing services. You don’t have to meet a certain criteria to get help from an advocate.  We are here to help you navigate your options, feeling and help you understand 


Where are you located?

Children are most comfortable when they have been informed about what to expect. It is important to explain to your child that he or she will be meeting with someone to talk about what has happened to him/her. You can let your child know that the interviewer is a person who talks to many children. You should not tell your child what to say, but simply encourage your child to tell the truth. Some children may need to be reassured and told that they have done nothing wrong. You can let your child know that a medical exam may be conducted but it is not a painful exam and you will be able to be with them.


Will this be the only time my child will have to speak about what happened?

Participation in this interview does not mean that your child will never have to speak about the incident(s) again. The Assistant District Attorney and Victim Witness Advocate will consult with you about the decision to prosecute the case and discuss your family’s involvement in the court process. In addition, some children choose to continue to speak about their experiences with family, friends, and/or are encouraged to speak with counselors as a way to address their thoughts or feelings about what has happened.