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February 20, 2013

Plattsburgh man charged with sexual abuse

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At the center, forensic interviews are conducted with potential child victims who are younger than 18, Trombley said.

It’s in a neutral location that’s less intimidating for children than a police barracks might be, he said.

Trombley said that in his experience, children who have been abused may not tell their parents or another adult.

“It harbors bad feelings (for them). They know it’s not right. They’re ashamed, though they’re not at fault. They’re a victim,” Trombley said.

“One of the girls said that she was afraid to tell somebody because she was afraid she’d get laughed at.”

Children “have a hard time talking about the intimate parts of their body, let alone what somebody has done to them.”

Trombley offered a piece of advice to all parents.

“Really talk and listen to your kids.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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