Ralston House

Primary Care Area: Domestic Violence and Assault
Secondary Care Area: Children and Young Adults
(720) 898-6741

What We Do...

Safe, child-friendly advocacy center for investigative interviews, medical exams and support, responding to children's outcries of sexual or physical abuse.

In the details...

Sometimes kids need extra time to be ready to talk about what has happened to them. A 9-year-old girl was interviewed at Ralston House last year after she outcried about being touched by a male relative with whom she had frequent contact. The suspect was a teenager with other behavioral concerns and was intimidating to her. An interview was set up. During that interview she did not disclose any abuse, which happens sometimes even though a child has made a previous disclosure initiate the investigation. So, the case was inactivated pending further information. The Victim and Family Support Advocate had met with her mom and provided therapy referrals for her daughter. The girl began therapy, which gave her time to be able to talk about what had happened to her. Several months later, her case worker came for a scheduled visit and the child disclosed the abuse to her and said that she was ready to talk and the case was re-opened. During the second interview the child was able to give details about her abuse and described several incidents where her relative sexually assaulted her. She was able to talk about the threats that he made and she said she had been too afraid to talk the first time at RH because of his threats not to tell. Mom again brought the child to RH and met with the Victim/Family Support Advocate and received more services. A medical exam was also scheduled for her. Because she had a good experience the first time she came to RH, she felt safe to come back and tell her story.

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help support the work of Ralston House who will serve 1,200 children this year and every dollar counts

Caring Connection

help support the work of Ralston House who will serve 1,200 children this year and every dollar counts

Caring Connection

help support the work of Ralston House who will serve 1,200 children this year and every dollar counts

Caring Connection

Ralston House