CHILD SEX ABUSE HOTLINE ESTABLISHED
Suffolk law enforcement authorities are teaming up with Parents for Megan's Law to help people who report sexual abuse of children through a new hotline, geared to serve as a gateway to services and information to youngsters in need. The hotline is funded by the county and state. Suffolk police will direct people who report sexual abuse to the Suffolk County Child Sex Abuse Hotline at 631-689-2672 which will be staffed by Parents for Megan's Law-trained child advocates. This alliance will reduce the potential for re-traumatization, Laura Ahearn, executive director of Stony Brook-based Parents for Megan's Law, said. People reporting in person to police will be given guides to services and information about the criminal justice process.