UPDATE 1/3/2014 9:30 AM
One Parkersburg attorney is stepping up to the plate, opening a child advocacy center in Wood County.
Attorney Michele Rusen and domestic violent expert Judi Ball are establishing the Children's Listening place in Parkersburg.
The child advocacy center will temporarily be located at the Rusen and Auvil Law Office on Market Street.
It will provide kids a safe place to tell professionals about abuse they're experiencing and limit the number of times they have to talk to them.
A permanent location the center will be determined as soon as an executive director is hired.
"I've been on all sides of this issue as a prosecutor, defending people, representing children. So it's very important for my perspective that we have top notch interviews and get down the nitty gritty of what's happening to these children," says Rusen.
The Children's Listening Center has received over $45,000 in funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, the McDonough Foundation and the State Legislature.
Rusen says they hope to have the listening place open to the public sometime this summer.
A new center to protect abused children is being established in Wood County.
Attorney Michele Rusen and domestic violence expert Judi Ball co-founded The Children's Listening Place.
Rusen, who also chairs the center's board of directors, says the center received notification of its status as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in December.
The board is interviewing candidates for executive director.
Ball says the center will provide children a safe place where they feel comfortable sharing.
She says child advocacy centers help children by limiting the number of times they have to talk to professionals about the abuse they've experienced.