The Special Assault Unit (SAU) prosecutes sexual assaults against adults. SAU also prosecutes physical and sexual abuse against children. SAU works collaboratively with law enforcement, the Children's Advocacy Center of Pierce County, hospitals, and many other agencies for prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. Our office was instrumental in establishing the Child Sexual and Physical Abuse Investigation Protocol for Pierce County, which is a multi-disciplinary team approach to reduce the number of interviews of victims, increase efficiency and success in prosecution and protect child victims. The Prosecutor's Office also partners with two local Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) and works closely with the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force.
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