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Former adult film star to speak at fundraising dinner

The annual fundraising dinner for "A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center" will be Saturday, April 1 at Saint Florian Hall in Wintersville. (WTOV)

When child abuse accusations are made, some of the investigation is done at "A Caring Place" offers a welcoming atmosphere.

“Our primary service to the community into those officials who investigate child abuse is to provide a place where they can meet with the child and the child as well as we have a medical examination room,” said Jean-Phillipe Rigaud, board president of A Caring Place.

The interview room is intended to eliminate distractions.

Child-friendly tools are available to help officials figure out what actually happened.

A camera tapes everything that happens in the in the interview room so there's a record of the discussion. A professional could also observe what's happening here from another location on site.

The child-friendly theme continues in the exam room.

These services are provided at no cost, but takes $90,000 to operate "A Caring Place" each year.

Much of that money is from grants, but the community's support is invaluable.

At this year's fundraising dinner, former adult film star and anti-pornography activist Shelley Lubben will speak.

“It's a very, very dangerous lifestyle and I want to make sure people understand when they pornography what they're contributing to, they're harming children, they're harming women, they're harming other human life,” Lubben said. “If nobody watched porn and nobody would contribute then this wouldn't be going on so that's my main message.”

Sure we want to raise funds but our mission is to be able to speak to the community on these type of issues as well as offer a sense of hope through those who struggle through it,” Rigaud said.

The annual fundraising dinner for "A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center" will be Saturday, April 1 at Saint Florian Hall in Wintersville.

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