New system simplifies reporting abuse
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PADUCAH, KY- Once abusers set foot in her courtroom, the evidence is there and convictions are frequent.
But, family court Judge Cynthia Sanderson says lots of abusers do not make it to her courtroom.
Whether it is because people are uncomfortable getting involved in other people's business, or just cannot be bothered by filling out the paperwork, she believes investigators are not always getting the calls they should.
"We have a tendency to stay out of people's business and as a result we fail to do that immediate response and that is make the report."
It is why Sanderson says a new website launched by Kentucky's Department for Community Based Services is ideal.
The website allows users to make reports online, even from smart phones.
"I think it's always easier to act in your comfort zone and if you're used to communicating through email and text this will make it easier for you," Sanderson said
Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department says it is easy and that is what he worries about.
He believes some of the complaints will not be valid, they will be vindictive.
"We'll wade thru all the stuff that's not true and if we find one that's true, it's well worth it," he admitted.
Judge Sanderson believes it will be, "It needs to be reported, children do not need to be abused. It is just that simple."
The new website is up and running. Law enforcement and medical professionals have been using it since July to iron out problems.