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Baltimore police redesign interview space to help comfort victims of sexual assault

Baltimore police redesign interview space to help comfort victims of sexual assault

Victims of alleged sexual assaults who agreed to be interviewed at Baltimore police headquarters used to sit in a chair made of metal and plastic, across a plain table from a detective, in a stark-white room resembling those used for criminal interrogations.

Now, they may choose their own seat — a rocking chair, perhaps, or one made from plush fabric — in a room designed from top to bottom with the science of trauma, and how the brain and body best handle it, in mind.

Neutral wall paint, donated art, soft lighting and seating-in-the-round all were chosen to send the survivors a simple message, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday.

"This space...

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