Local Children’s Justice Center holding annual fundraiser

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> The Cache County Children’s Justice Center is holding its annual fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan. The event starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., and the cost is $35 per person.

The Children’s Justice Center specializes in the forensic investigation of child abuse and Director Mike Stauffer said it’s a child-friendly facility because the last place an abused child wants to be is in a police station, emergency room, or principal’s office.

Stauffer said there are 18 centers around the state, and they are supervised by the Utah Attorney General’s office. The centers provide a central place for child abuse victims to be interviewed by law enforcement agencies, case workers from social service agencies, and medical personnel.

“It’s easy to see how much better it is for victims and victims’ families,” Stauffer said. “Not just only from the convenience point of view, but it’s less traumatizing to the children, it’s less traumatizing to the caretakers – to the parents. It’s a good program.”

Stauffer, who has 30 years worth of experience in law enforcement, including twice as the Chief Deputy for the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, said child abuse is a serious business, and unfortunately it’s been increasing in this area. There were 240 interviews in 2011 and that figure jumped to 369 in 2012.

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