HOTLINE WILL HELP COMBAT CHILD ABUSE
Nassau police will step up their battle against child sex abuse by partnering with a private agency that will set up a toll-free help line. The not-for-profit Parents for Megan's Law Inc., of Stony Brook, will work with the police and the county, whose legislature Monday approved $100,000 for the nine-month trial initiative. Besides the help line, it will help with education, advocacy, treatment and counseling referrals, policy and legislative support services. Laura Ahearn, who heads the parents agency that previously worked for free with Nassau police, said the funding would maintain the collaboration and a significant increase in services against child sexual abuse.