The counselor conducts an interview with a child and caregiver(s) following concerns of child sexual abuse or a child’s sexual behavior and development. If it is determined that the child is not a victim of sexual abuse, the family is given support to understand and encourage healthy behavior.
A specially-trained counselor interviews a child in a nonsuggestive manner to gather information regarding the suspected sexual assault. Other team members observe the interview through one-way glass, ensuring a fully-admissible interview and providing a coordinated interview, reducing the number of times a child must be interviewed.
Three Grand Rapids police detectives and two Kent County sheriff’s detectives are housed at the Center. They investigate only reports of alleged child sexual assault. The Center also works closely with detectives in other jurisdictions within Kent County to provide services.
Four children’s protective services workers are housed at the Center to assure that when child sexual assault—or inappropriate sexual interaction—is suspected, the child is in a safe environment.
When necessary, a specially-trained pediatrician at the Center provides a noninvasive medical exam. During the exam, evidence is collected, the child is tested for sexually-transmitted diseases, and the child is assured that he or she will heal physically.