Legislation Requires Multidisciplinary Child Sexual Abuse Response Team

HARRISONBURG, Va. This week, legislation passed through the State Senate requiring every attorney for the Commonwealth to establish a multidisciplinary child sexual abuse response team.

This team would conduct regular reviews of cases involving felony sex offense involving children.

Gianna Gariglietti, is the executive director of the Collins Center, said our area is ahead of the curve in this state mandate.

The area has had a multidisciplinary team meeting once a month since 2007.

She said, the idea is that everyone goes to one place for the child instead of the child repeat what happened to them multiple times.

"I think it makes the process a lot easier. I think it really improves prosecution rates as well when we have people that are working together and that are able to combine their efforts and do things that are in the best interest of the child," said Gariglietti.

Starting Wednesday, the Collins Center is having a three day conference to better prepare their multidisciplinary response teams and sexual assault response team, through a grant they got from the Department of Criminal Justice.

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