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Reka helps child crime victims through the legal process. Reka helps child crime victims through the legal process.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Man’s best friend is going above and beyond to help some children in a difficult situation.

Reka is a playful dog who puts on her uniform when she goes into work at The Child Center in Wentzville. The center is where children who have been the victim of a crime are interviewed by Amy, Reka’s handler.

“The hard part is hearing the horrific things that people choose to do to kids, and that they have to go through this criminal justice system and tell people about it in order for their offender to be held accountable,” said Amy.

During the interview process Reka sits with the children.

“Kids come into a place and are about to describe the horrible things that have happened to them, and they usually get distracted by Reka,” Amy said. “They’re excited about meeting her instead of worrying about telling their story. “

Author Nicole Waters knows how helpful having a dog nearby can be for children during this difficult time.

“I had a sexual assault, I was chloroformed several times,” she said.

Nicole’s 8-year-old daughter was home at the time and was also assaulted.

“She’s gonna have to go into a court room and face her attacker, the man who did this to her,” Nicole said. “Well she was able to pet the dog and take her mind off of it.”

“I knew Reka would make my job easy, but I didn’t realize just how easy,” said Amy.

At the end of the day Reka goes home and is part of Amy’s family.

“She’s friendly and she’s amazing,” said Addison, Amy’s daughter.

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