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Child protection training in Winona

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - Child protection professionals from 13 states gathered this week to learn a new technique in forensic interviewing.
 
For the first time ever, professionals are being taught to look for what's called poly-victimization during interviews with potentially abused children. According to Victor Vieth, the Executive Director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center in Winona, 66 percent of the time an abused child is abused in more than one way. This means that interviewers have to look for signs that aren't always obvious.

Vieth said, "In many cases of abuse, there isn't a smoking gun or corroborating evidence. We're really dependent on the words of the child. So it's critical to be trained to speak to children who have endured trauma to help them overcome their obstacles and share their experiences."

If this training is successful, it should lead to better evidence collection and getting kids out of harmful environments faster.

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