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The impacts of Child Abuse, through the
eyes of an officer
SPOKANE, WA – As the first ones to arrive on the scene of a crime, law enforcement officers see the impacts of child abuse firsthand.
“It’s something that you don’t get over quickly – it may never leave you,” said Spokane Police Officer John O’Brien. “It doesn’t get easier to deal with. It’s really hard to understand what’s going on in the minds of a parent or guardian that would do that to a child,” he said.
He says child abuse can affect anyone, in any situation. It’s not limited to a certain neighborhood or demographic. That’s part of what makes it difficult to address.
“A crime against an adult is horrible as it is, but when you have an innocent, defenseless child who doesn’t know they’re going to be victimized it’s devastating. There’s no way…
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