Zebra Child Protection Centre
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
Before the Zebra Centre opened in 2002, a child who had experienced abuse would be sitting outside an interview room at police headquarters. There were strange people, dressed in uniform, walking through the hallways past them. Concrete walls surrounded the child and fluorescent lights buzzed overhead.
There were no toys, blankets, or other comforts to provide a welcome distraction, no trained advocates to guide that child through what’s about to unfold or to offer a reassuring smile. When it’s time for their interview, the child would be called into a cold, grey interview room. It’s the same room where suspects are interviewed.
Following the interview, that child was left to navigate the daunting criminal justice system and healing process on their own. They might have had to re-live that process many times, telling their story again and again, in many different buildings, to many different adults.
Each time, telling their story becomes more and more difficult. That was 18 years ago, and now today, when a child experiences abuse, they arrive at our Centre.