TYLER, TX (KLTV) - According to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, one in four boys, and one is six girls, will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. In 2018, 594 children under 18 made an outcry of abuse and received help, but hundreds more have yet to come forward, the organization says.
In honor of children who have suffered abuse, and to bring awareness to the issue, April was declared Child Abuse Awareness month, and CAC says they’re using the opportunity to raise awareness and engage the community to show support and concern for our most vulnerable.
One event that was designed help raise awareness and help kids in need as well, was the Race Against Child Abuse Kick-Off event. It was held on Thursday at noon on the east steps of the Smith County Courthouse. Shoes collected by the students of The Brook Hill School representing the number of children who made an outcry of abuse in 2018 were displayed on the courthouse steps during the event to later be donated to area foster children.
The event was be emceed by Smith County Judge Nathanial Moran and will include remarks from 321st District Court Judge Robert Wilson and host organizations.