Testifying in court can be traumatic enough for adults. Imagine, then, how frightening the experience can be for children. Sadly, there are times when children need to be subjected to the courtroom experience as that will be the only way the prosecution can assure a conviction. So, how do the courts reduce the stress of appearing in court for children? Read on to find out …
A Potentially Traumatic Experience
One of the ways courts make the experience of court less traumatic is to partner the kids up with dogs. The little girl in the following story had to go to court to testify against a man who had abused her. It was a potentially harrowing experience. Luckily, there was a very special canine companion there to help her and calm her down.
Karl The Circuit Court Dog
Meet Karl. He’s a five year old Boxer dog who weighs sixty five pounds. Karl is part of the K-9th Circuit Program in Orange County. He’s a very special member of the unit who has had to overcome a few more obstacles than most dogs in the program.