Chief Ed Garone
One of the things I find most compelling about the CAC of Rockingham County is its grassroots origin; it was created by people who know their community. Child abuse is reprehensible, and unfortunately the abuse that these kids suffer is often just the beginning of a very difficult road moving forward. The CAC model requires accountability and collaboration between multiple agencies responsible for protecting the well-being of children, while balancing the interests of all parties in order to find the truth of the matter and proceed forward according to what is in the best interest of all parties involved. When children make disclosures through this process, offenders are more likely to provide a confession, prosecutions rates go up, and convictions of those who perpetrate crimes against children are more frequently obtained.
Detective Rick Labell
“Tell me now it’s untrue, what did her daddy do? He jacked a little bitty baby the man has got to be insane.”
“Janie’s Got A Gun”
In the lyrical verses, somewhere before the slamming power chords and in-between the intoxicating rhythmic drum beat comes the socially conscious message in a song that continually reminds us of the unbelievable horror a child experiences at the hands of their tormentor. Some people fluff off the message by saying it’s only rock and roll, I don’t, and I am associated with an organization that does not as well.
The Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County is an organization devoted to protecting children. In the years I have had the pleasure of working with them, I have found the staff to be professional, dedicated, well trained and team oriented towards the goal of assisting law enforcement, children and their families. It is such a comfort to know there is an organization just minutes away that I can reach out to and assist me in investigating the complexity of child sexual assault. Certainly, if “Hell is for Children” The Child Advocacy Center is a comfort zone for kids, light years away from that hell.
Richard A. Labell
Sexual Assault Investigator
Raymond Police Department