“It is just hard to put into words what this means to us,” Adair said. “It is certainly a generous thing the Loveladys have done. This donation shows what the people in this community are made of.”
Richard and Scott Lovelady, the father and son team who own Red Star Security, contacted Adair to make the donation after his public plea to the community for support last week. Having the audio/visual equipment means the center can record interviews with children who have been molested, abused or witnessed a crime.
Forensic interviews are conducted in a safe environment by trained professionals. These interviews can be used in court, where it is often difficult to get children to talk.
“These children have been traumatized and sometimes don’t relate to people in a normal way,” Adair said. “These recordings allow us to document what the child says and how they say it. They play a pivotal role in gathering forensic evidence we will need to present in court to get justice for children who have been victimized.”
Scott Lovelady said they don’t want attention for the donation, but hopes it will inspire other businesses and individuals to donate to the advocacy center.
“Children who have already been victimized desperately need a safe environment,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Child victims in Walker County currently have to wait in line to be interviewed whenever Birmingham’s CAC, Prescott House, has an opening. This holds up police investigations and delays prosecution in many cases.
The Walker County CAC received nonprofit status earlier this year and is currently looking for a location that could house the center. For more information, contact Raleigh Dunham at the DA’s office at (205)384-7272. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center, P. O. Box 2187, Jasper, AL 35502.