Hatty The Dog Sworn In As Illinois County’s First Comfort Dog To Provide Support For Child Sexual Assault Victims

The latest member sworn in to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office was a 2-year-old dog who take her oath while placing her right paw over a law book during the ceremony.

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Hatty is going to be a source of support to children who are victims of sexual assault, said the State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx.

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“Coming to this work with compassion and understanding of victims’ experiences helps to ensure the system is fair and just to everyone,” Fox said on Twitter.

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“Hatty was trained to help provide comfort and relaxation while victims are in the courthouse or while they are giving their testimony.”

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Hatty will be handling around 150-200 cases a year. “The newest hire at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is a 2-year-old black Labrador trained by men’s prison inmates in southwestern Illinois. The goal is to help sexual assault victims cope with the worst moments of their lives,” the Cook County office said in a tweet.

Verse of the Day

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. — 1 John 2:1 (NIV)

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