This episode covers detailed and graphic topics related to the sexual abuse cases that facility dogs have been involved with. Ellen O’Neill Stephens provides a deep dive into the groundbreaking case that David Crenshaw and Rosie discussed on our last episode. We also talk about the appellate court process, and other cases that have impacted the use of facility dogs throughout the United States.
1:30 – This episode covers detailed and graphic topics related to the sexual abuse cases that facility dogs have been involved with.
2:30 – Ellen & Celeste become aware of David Crenshaw’s work
4:45 – Circumstances of the first child David & Rosie worked with
6:30 – Touring the courthouse through the eyes of Rosie
7:30 – The trial process for the victim & guilty verdict
8:40 – National news coverage of Courthouse Dogs
10:45 – What an appellate court decision is and how it impacts facility dogs
15:40 – New York courts appellate decision in David & Rosie’s case
17:00 – Recognizing that a dog being present is not prejudicial if a child talking about sexual assault is not disturbing
19:05 – This victims case sets precedent for many cases
20:10 – Ellen shares her experience before the Supreme Court
21:45 – Colleen shares how she feels when Arizona cases have included Russel & Blake
23:10 – Jim asks Ellen how David & Rosie’s case impacts other states’ cases.
26:45 – Adult accommodations with differing results in Michigan and Georgia
29:00 – The facility dogs can do a lot, the victim testifying has the ability to choose
31:00 – How David continues to support Courthouse Dogs Foundation
32:00 – Colleen and other advocates use this information to do their jobs better
34:00 – How to get involved in bringing a facility dog to your courthouse
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