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2424 Kent Street
Bryan, Texas 77802
Report Child Abuse
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Scotty's House is the Child Advocacy Center of the Brazos Valley. Founded in 1995, it is our mission to provide safety, healing and justice for children victimized by abuse through professional assessment, counseling and education in a compassionate and collaborative approach.
Each year, more than a quarter of a million cases of child abuse are reported in Texas. This is Mary's story… Eight-year-old Mary arrived at school with bruises on her arms. When questioned by her teacher, Mary revealed her mother's boyfriend caused the marks. She then told her teacher that she had also been sexually abused. The teacher asked Mary to repeat her story to the nurse, then the counselor and then to the principal. The principal called Child Protective Services (CPS).
The CPS worker had to ask very specific questions, and then she accompanied Mary and her mother to the hospital emergency room for an exam. The doctor asked Mary to tell her story again. After leaving the hospital, Mary was taken to the CPS office where she was asked to tell her story yet again, this time on tape. By the time she had finished, a police officer arrived and asked Mary to describe what happened. Mary then had to tell her story to the District Attorney and eventually in court on the witness stand with her mother's boyfriend sitting right in front of her.
In all, Mary had to relive the horror, guilt, and confusion eight times. Not only did her mother's boyfriend sexually abuse Mary; she was emotionally abused by the system that was meant to protect her.
Each year in the Brazos Valley, hundreds of children experience the lasting trauma of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. They need medical examinations, therapy, and assistance from many different agencies and professionals. Settings such as police stations, emergency rooms, and District Attorney's Offices are ill equipped to meet the special needs of child victims. Repeated investigative efforts in each location may re-victimize the child and negatively impact the legal outcome of the case.