In order that the child is not afraid to talk to strangers, was attracted by a special team of judicial mediators. The girl showed that she the rapist did, on a cardboard doll.
The Guardian writes that the experts participating in the trial, considered the decision to bring this little victim to testify justified because the defendant pleaded guilty before appeared before the court. Earlier this month a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a sex crime against a child.
Questioning the girls have police officers, assisted by a specialist from the register of mediators of the Ministry of justice. These professionals in communications can help law enforcement agencies to engage with juvenile witnesses and adults who have communication problems.
A leading criminologist of the professional organization "Intermediaries for justice" Ladies Joyce Plotnikoff, commenting on the trial, said: "We have made very important. Offenders choose their victims among the most vulnerable in society, believing that they will not be able to talk about what happened. But it's not".
The mediator advised the police how to talk with a toddler who is afraid of strangers and cling to their parents. Thanks to this advice the girl stopped being afraid and started to talk with a mediator and policeman. Answering simple questions, she called the suspect and told him what happened, using a paper doll.
Communications specialist also helped the police to take the girl's saliva sample for DNA analysis. The girl was frightened when she saw police in blue gloves, and hid. Then the facilitator asked everyone to wear gloves and tampons and within a few minutes to play, imagining that they brush their teeth. This allowed us to take the girl to swab comfortable for her.2.*
The chief Prosecutor of the crown and is an expert in the field of protection of victims of violence of girls and women Jenny Hopkins, said: "Criminals may think that they can escape punishment for violence against a very small child, because their victim can't testify. However, we have seen that the two-year-old can provide an accurate and clear description of what happened to him".
The British media don't tell the names of the defendant and the police officers involved in a unique process to protect the identity of the child.
Britain is not the only country, where communication with young victims of violence attract special mediators. So, in Canada three years ago was running a pilot programme with the participation of the dogs-therapists. Earlier, a similar psychological service was launched in the United States.