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Dear Editor:

I am writing a letter to this community to let everyone know that there is a particular timing and wording that needs to be taken when reporting a crime. If you are later than a day in timing or you are vague in your description of what happened, you most likely will lose your case. I think it should be a public service for policemen to somehow circulate a flyer telling people when and how to report a crime so they have the best chance of having the person who did it prosecuted. It is unacceptable that the citizens of this country don't know how to report a crime so the innocent are protected and those who disrupt and destroy other people's lives going forward will pay the consequences.

This is especially true when it comes to children feeling safe and protected from those who would harm them. When children are not allowed to testify in court, there should be some legitimate way their testimony can be recorded and presented in their defense. Even though the individuals who harm children may have to live with the memory the rest of their lives, that is too easy of a sentence for the emotional, psychological and physical trauma a child deals with, who doesn't deserve that type of treatment, from someone they are supposed to be able to trust. All the child knows now is, will it happen again?

Sheila Snoenfiddler
Paonia

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