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Child advocacy center working closely with young rape victim

The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is working closely with the 10-year-old who was allegedly sexually assaulted by David Renz.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is working closely with the 10-year-old who was allegedly sexually assaulted by David Renz.

The young girl – who will not been identified -- has been doing well considering what’s she’s been through.

“She is a phenomenal individual and she’s really doing really well in working with all of the services that are there to help her, said McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Linda Cleary.

The center has dedicated one of its child advocates to kindly and carefully take care of the girl’s mental, emotional and medical needs.

The center will also take the girl on a walk-through of the courtroom, so she knows what to expect, as she’ll be the only witness in the case and will likely have to tell her story again.

"She was an outstanding witness and she will be an outstanding witness at trial,” said District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick.

In the meantime, Fitzpatrick says the girl is in good hands.

"Having been doing this for 35 years, I would categorize her as doing very, very well. She is surrounded by incredible, loving support system of people that care about her. Lori made provisions for her and she's doing very, very well," Fitzpatrick said.

Still, there’s a long road ahead.

"I'd like to think that she could, at some point, become a child again. This is, you know, this changes your whole life. It changes who this girl is going to be and so to the best of our ability we'd like her to be able to have the benefit of a real happy, care-free childhood. And that's going to take a long time to get there. But that's certainly what you wish for,” Cleary explained.

State Police assigned one of their best people to work with the girl, making her as comfortable as possible while they sorted out the horrible details of that night.
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