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Yakima Community Bands Together to Help Comfort Victims of Assault

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Dealing with the pain of violence or sexual assault can be extremely difficult, especially for children. But some community support is helping the Yakima Police Department ease the pain of these victims. Dealing with the pain of violence or sexual assault can be extremely difficult, especially for children. But some community support is helping the Yakima Police Department ease the pain of these victims.
YAKIMA, WA. - Dealing with the pain of violence or sexual assault can be extremely difficult, especially for children. But some community support is helping the Yakima Police Department ease the pain of these victims. 

The people going inside the Special Assault Unit are often going through terribly tough times of dealing with sexual assault or domestic violence. And many times they are just children. 

The office inside used to be, well basically bare. The Chamber of Commerce got wind of the problem and everything you see in this room now, was donated.. They even brought in a construction company to build a small play pen. 

The officers who work in this unit says this has made a huge difference in their ability to help comfort and talk to victims of assault. 

"To just have a little bit of comfort," Sgt. Tony Bennett said. "A pleasant place to stay, even if it's just for a few hours. A pleasant and comfortable environment, it helps tremendously."

The Yakima Chamber and Yakima Rotary group donated money for furniture and brought in an interior designer to design the space. There is a wall for kids to write chalk art on, a small fountain and even a fish. 

It's great to see a community come together for something small but that small effort can make all the difference in the life of a troubled kid. 

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