GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — An Anna man was sentenced to 40 years in prison in a child sexual assault case less than two weeks ago.

Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith gives a lot of credit for that conviction to the Children's Advocacy Center.

"In every single child abuse case we have — particularly child sexual abuse — the child's testimony is make-or-break in every single trial," Smith said.

In order to keep a victim from repeating the trauma over and over again, the CAC can record an interview.

"After a child discloses abuse, the things that can happen afterward play such a huge role," said client services supervisor Summer Junior.

Behind secure walls, CAC staffers ask carefully-worded questions while law enforcement watches.

"Everything we do is trauma-informed," Junior said. "We're trying to think about how a kid interprets everything after the point of disclosure."

The CAC is an independent group, which is why their work is so important.

"It's an unbiased party — not law enforcement, not CPS — and really our job is just to provide resources as needed throughout the life of the case," Junior said.

In order for the district attorney to bring justice to a case, he or she needs those interviews to be done correctly.

"Sometimes having a law enforcement officer show up and talk to a 10 or 11-year-old child about what they've seen is not the best, conducive way to get answers," Junior said.

The services of the Children's Advocacy Center don't stop there;  they often speak with students inside schools.

"It's not uncommon after the CAC does their presentation that a child will raise their hand and want to talk to someone," Junior said.

Once they make contact with a victim, the organization is present all the way to the final verdict.

"Sometimes it can be a year to five years... it kind of depends on the case," Junior said.

Even after a decision is rendered in a case, kids can still get counseling.